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    Exclamation how to use would rather in different tenses

    Hi,

    I was wondering if would rather is used in the following tenses only and if they are correct? Moreover, are there any other forms that I have not mentioned it here?



    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 perfect 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."



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    Re: how to use would rather in different tenses

    Quote Originally Posted by Venus.jam View Post
    I was wondering if "would rather" is used in the following tenses only and if they are correct​. ?
    Please remember to surround text that you're talking about in quotation marks or set it in italics. Your thread's title should also have them; write Re: how to use "would rather" in different tenses.
    Last edited by GoesStation; 17-Feb-2017 at 14:50. Reason: To insert a space which the UE editor dropped from copied & pasted text.
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    Re: how to use would rather in different tenses

    The sentences you asked about are all correct but many of the tense names aren't.
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    Re: how to use would rather in different tenses

    Also, and as I corrected in your previous similar thread, you need to remove the definite article from before "dinner" each time.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: how to use would rather in different tenses

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Also, and as I corrected in your previous similar thread, you need to remove the definite article from before "dinner" each time.
    The dinner is okay if we're referring to a specific event. The Lions Club had a big dinner meeting. I prepared a meal for the dinner last night.
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    Re: how to use would rather in different tenses

    You are, once again, misusing the word 'tense' You need to ask which tense (-forms) 'would rather' is used with.[



    A. "I'd rather be preparing (progressive infinitive) a meal for the dinner tonight".

    B. "I'd rather you were preparing (past progressive subjunctive) a meal for the dinner tonight".


    A."I'd rather prepare (bare infinitive) a meal for the dinner tonight."

    B. "I'd rather you prepared (past simple) a meal for the dinner tonight."



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

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



    A. "I'd rather have been preparing (perfect progressive infinitive) a meal for the dinner last night."

    B. "I'd rather you had been preparing (past perfect progressive) a meal for the dinner tonight."


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