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    Exclamation would rather in progressive form for different subjects

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    Are the following sentences correct?


    1. I'd rather be shopping for clothes than staying at home.

    2. I'd rather you have been shopping for clothes than staying at home.

    3. I'd rather you have been preparing meals for the dinner tonight.

    4. I'd rather be preparing meals for the dinner tonight than watching film.


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    Re: would rather in progressive form for different subjects

    Quote Originally Posted by Venus.jam View Post
    Hi,

    Are the following sentences correct?


    1. I'd rather be shopping for clothes than staying at home.

    2. I'd rather you have been shopping for clothes than staying at home.

    3. I'd rather you have been preparing meals for the dinner tonight.

    4. I'd rather be preparing a meals for the dinner tonight than watching a film.


    Thanks in advance.
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    ".She'd rather you did not call her after 10 p.m." (is this sentence used in present/future tenses?)

    "she'd rather you hadn't called her at work". (Is this sentence used in past tense?)

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    Re: would rather in progressive form for different subjects

    I see. I'd appreciate if you answer the questions below:

    1. So how should I correct sentences number 2 and 3? I mean how should I use would rather with different subjects in progressive form as in 2 and 3?

    2. "she'd rather you did not call her after 10 pm" (is this sentence used in the present and future tenses? I mean is did not used in present/future tenses? )

    3. "She'd rather you had not called her at work" ( is this sentence used in the past tense? I mean is had+pp used in the past tense?)
    Last edited by Venus.jam; 16-Feb-2017 at 22:55.

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    Re: would rather in progressive form for different subjects

    Quote Originally Posted by Venus.jam View Post
    2. "she'd rather you did not call her after 10 pm" (is this sentence used in the present and future tenses?)
    It's not a question of tenses, but of times. Her preference is for you not to call her in the present/general time and/or in the future.
    "She'd rather you had not called her at work" ( is this sentence used in the past tense?)
    It's a reference to past time. You called her in the past. She would have been happier if you hadn't called her.

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    Re: would rather in progressive form for different subjects

    Quote Originally Posted by Venus.jam View Post
    I see. I'd appreciate if you answer the questions below:

    1. So how should I correct sentences number 2 and 3? I mean how should I use "would rather" with different subjects in the progressive form as in 2 and 3?

    2. "she'd rather you did not call her after 10 pm" (is this sentence used in the present and future tenses? I mean is "did" not used in present/future tenses? )

    3. "She'd rather you had not called her at work" ( is this sentence used in the past tense? I mean is "had+pp" used in the past tense?)
    Please surround text that you're asking about in quotation marks. It was particularly hard to figure out your question number 1 without them.
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    Re: would rather in progressive form for different subjects

    sure. But, would you please answer them as well? I know how to use "would rather" in progressive form when I'm preferring something for myself, such as "I'd rather be watching a film than reading a newspaper". However, I just want to know how to prefer something for someone else rather than myself in the progressive time as in the sentences below:


    1. I'd rather you have been shopping for clothes than staying at home.

    2. I'd rather you have been preparing a meal for the dinner tonight.

    3. I'd rather you be washing the dishes than be watching a film.
    Last edited by Venus.jam; 17-Feb-2017 at 07:05.

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    Re: would rather in progressive form for different subjects

    Quote Originally Posted by Venus.jam View Post
    Sure, but (no comma here) would you please answer them as well? I know how to use "would rather" in the progressive form when I'm preferring expressing a preference for something for myself, such as "I'd rather be watching a film than reading a newspaper". However, I just want to know how to express a preference for something for someone else rather than myself in theprogressive time tense as in the sentences below:


    1. I'd rather you have been shopping for clothes than staying at home.
    I'd rather you went shopping for clothes than stay at home. (If you're talking about a general preference.)
    I'd rather you had gone shopping for clothes than stayed at home. (This works if the person stayed home but you wish they had gone shopping.)


    2. I'd rather you have been preparing a meal for the dinner tonight.
    I'd rather you prepare a meal for dinner tonight. (If the person appears to be planning to do something else.)
    I'd rather you'd been preparing a meal for dinner tonight. (If the person has been doing something else all afternoon.)

    3. I'd rather you be washing the dishes than be watching a film.
    I'd rather you were washing the dishes than watching a film. (If the person is currently watching a film but there are dirty dishes in the sink.)
    See above.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: would rather in progressive form for different subjects

    I'd really appreciate if you answer the following questions:

    1. The second sentences are confusing: "I'd rather you prepare a meal for dinner tonight". Why "I'd rather you prepare", but not "I'd rather you prepared". In the present/future tenses we should use "the past form of a verb". Am I right? as in "I'd rather you went for dinner"

    2. Is the tense of this sentence "past progressive tense" I'd rather you'd been preparing a meal for dinner tonight.


    3. Are the following sentences then true based on what you mentioned?




    I. The progressive tense

    A. "I'd rather be preparing a meal for the dinner tonight".

    B. "I'd rather you were preparing a meal for the dinner tonight".


    II. The present/future tense

    A."I'd rather prepare a meal for the dinner tonight."

    B. "I'd rather you prepared a meal for the dinner tonight."


    III. The past tense

    A."I'd rather have prepared a meal for the dinner last night/tonight."

    B. "I'd rather you had prepared a meal for the dinner tonight."

    IV. The past progressive tense

    A. "I'd rather have been preparing a meal for the dinner last night."

    B. "I'd rather you had been preparing a meal for the dinner tonight."



    4. what is the difference between "I'd rather have prepared a meal for the dinner last night/tonight."and "I'd rather have been preparing a meal for the dinner last night."


    Thanks in advance.
    Last edited by Venus.jam; 17-Feb-2017 at 10:44.

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    Re: would rather in progressive form for different subjects

    Quote Originally Posted by Venus.jam View Post
    I'd really appreciate if you answer the following questions:
    We'd really appreciate it if you asked one question at a time.
    2. Is the tense of this sentence "past progressive tense" I'd rather you'd been preparing a meal for dinner tonight.
    No. The verb I have underlined is in the past perfect progressive. There is no need to put quotation marks round the names of tenses.

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