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    Cool "I'd rather" vs "I like" and "I want"

    I've been in this trouble for days. I know we use "I'd rather" to talk about what we want to do, but why don't we use "I like" or "I want" to express that... Is there anything wrong here?
    PS: I guess English has nothing wrong

    Thanks for your help


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    Re: "I'd rather" vs "I like" and "I want"

    Hi, If you have a choice of 2 things we often use I`d rather to express which thing is best for you .

    eg " shall we go to the cinema or watch TV this evening"

    " I`d rather go to the cinema "

    ( this is my choice)

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    Cool Re: "I'd rather" vs "I like" and "I want"

    Oh, I see, thank you a lot So it's often used to compare your opinion about 2 things, right? But can it be used as a polite question like "May I do that?" ? Because I see many people use it like "Do you like going out or would you rather stay at home?"... It's a little confusing here.
    Thanks for your help

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    Re: "I'd rather" vs "I like" and "I want"

    Quote Originally Posted by AsterixandObelix View Post
    Oh, I see, thank you a lot So it's often used to compare your opinion about 2 things, right? But can it be used as a polite question like "May I do that?" ? Because I see many people use it like "Do you like going out or would you rather stay at home?"... It's a little confusing here.
    Thanks for your help

    Hi

    As Tom already wrote "I`d rather..." means " you have a choice of two things "

    I'd rather do x than do y
    I prefer doing x to doing y

    Prefer and would rather can be used interchangeably. Prefer is followed by verb-ing, thus:

    I prefer listening to music to watching TV.
    I'd rather listen to music than watch TV.

    'd rather

    However, when we are talking about specifics, would rather is used as an alternative to would prefer to followed by an infinitive. Would rather is very common in spoken English and is often abbreviated to 'd rather. It is used in this form with all personal pronouns:

    I'd / you'd / he'd / she'd / we'd / they'd rather…

    Study these examples:

    Would you like to go out for dinner tonight? ~ No, I think I'd rather eat at home / I'd prefer to eat at home.
    Would you rather drink beer or wine with the curry ~ I'd rather drink beer. What about you?
    They'd rather have the strawberries by themselves, but I'd prefer to have them with cream.

    Note that would rather is followed by a bare infinitive without to, whereas prefer requires to + infinitive. Would rather (but not would prefer to) is also followed by a past tense when we want to involve other people in the action, even though it has a present or future meaning. Study the following:

    Shall we go out for dinner tonight? ~ No, I'd rather we ate at home, if you don't mind.
    Shall I write to Harry and tell him that we've sold the car? ~ I'd rather you didn't.
    My mother would rather we caught the bus, rather than walk home after the party.

    "Rather than "means instead of and can be used in combination with would prefer to and would rather.
    Study the following and note the intricacies of the verb forms:

    Rather than lose precious sleep discussing it now, I think we should go to bed and talk about it in the morning.
    My mother would prefer us to email each other once a week, rather than spend half an hour on the phone every night.
    My mother would rather we emailed each other once a week instead of spending half an hour on the phone every night. In fact, she insists on it. So we'd better do that, I suppose.

    Source :www.bbc.co.uk

    All the best
    Last edited by Teia; 09-Aug-2006 at 18:57.

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    Cool Re: "I'd rather" vs "I like" and "I want"

    Thanks a lot, everything is clear now.

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    Talking Re: "I'd rather" vs "I like" and "I want"

    Quote Originally Posted by AsterixandObelix View Post
    I've been in this trouble for days. I know we use "I'd rather" to talk about what we want to do, but why don't we use "I like" or "I want" to express that... Is there anything wrong here?
    PS: I guess English has nothing wrong
    Thanks for your help
    i'd rather has a sense of politeness in it.
    it sounds polite and gentle to use I'D RATHER

    but saying I WANT S.TH or I PREFER S.TH means tat you pay no attention to other things and you only insist on your own idea.

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