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    #1

    I would rather ... before (I) would allow

    Hello everybody!

    A few days ago I heard someone say the following on the Internet:

    I would rather drown before I would allow this man to save me in the sea.

    I have four questions about this sentence/grammar structure.


    1. Does "I would rather drown before I would allow this man to save me in the sea" mean "I would rather drown than allow this man to save me in the sea"?
    2. Is this structure correct. I am asking because I have seen many forms on the Internet. Should it be "I would rather drown before I would allow this man to save me in the sea" or "I would rather drown before I allow this man to save me in the sea" or "I would rather drown before I allowed this man to save me in the sea"?
    3. Is it possible / permissible to use two different persons, for instance, I would rather die before you would throw a tantrum again?
    4. Is this structure legal or slang?


    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: I would rather ... before (I) would allow

    I find "I would rather ... before ..." unnatural.

    I would rather drown than allow this man to save me.

    If I were going to use "before", I would remove "rather". I would drown before allowing this man to save me.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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