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    rather you stay/stayed

    I'd rather you stay / stayed at home.

    Which word in bold should I use?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: rather you stay/stayed

    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post
    I'd rather you stay / stayed at home.

    Which word in bold should I use?

    Thanks in advance.
    would rather
    This expression means 'would prefer to', and is followed by the infinitive without to. We often use the contraction 'd rather.

    'How about a drink?' 'I'd rather have something to eat'

    would rather:past tense with present or future meaning
    We can use would rather to say that one person would prefer another or others to do something. We use a special structure with a past tense.
    would rather + subject + past tense
    I'd rather you went home now.
    Tomorrow's difficult. I'd rather you came next weekend.
    My wife would rather we didn't see each other any more.
    'Shall I open the window?' 'I'd rather you didn't.'
    A present tense is sometimes used in this structure (e.g. I'd rather you go home now), but this is unusual.

    So, in your example, I would say 'I'd rather you stayed at home.'

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    Re: rather you stay/stayed

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