I would like to fail then pass the exams by cheating.

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1) I would like to fail then pass the exams by cheating.

2) I would rather fail than pass by cheating.

3) I would rather like to fail than pass by cheating.

4) I would like failing then passing the exams by cheating.

5) I would like failing the exams then passing by cheating.

Please check my sentences.
 

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Is this another of your real-life situation examples? If so, I'm not going to help you with it. I don't condone people cheating in exams.
 

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I think (hope) that 2) is what tufguy is trying to say.
 

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Tufguy, can you see why 1, 4 and 5 suggest that you are happy to cheat?
 

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Tufguy, can you see why 1, 4 and 5 suggest that you are happy to cheat?


1) I would like to fail than pass the exams by cheating.

4) I would like failing than passing the exams by cheating.

5) I would like failing the exams than passing by cheating.

Please check my sentences.
 

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I would prefer to fail than pass by cheating.
 

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1) I would like to fail than pass the exams by cheating.

4) I would like failing than passing the exams by cheating.

5) I would like failing the exams than passing by cheating.

Please check my sentences.

If you want to use "I would like", I think you could rearrange your sentence like this:
I would like to pass the exams but never would I cheat to do so.
 

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How much do you want to cheat?
 

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Some of the sentences in your original post mean that their writer intends to cheat. I don't think that's what you meant to write, but it's what the sentences mean.
 

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Some of the sentences in your original post mean that their writer intends to cheat. I don't think that's what you meant to write, but it's what the sentences mean.

We covered that and tufguy fixed them in page 1 of the posts. :)
 

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I guess I can see the rationale for cheating if you've unintentionally failed the first test, but as written, #1, #4, and #5 sound like a plan to purposely fail the first test and then pass the second attempt by cheating. I don't quite get the logic of that.

If you're going to cheat, why not just cheat and pass the first time, assuming you can even take the test more than once?

Apparently I'm not well-versed in the finer points of cheating.
 

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I'm pretty sure Tufguy never meant to say he planned to cheat or that he liked it. Rather the opposite; when he wrote "I would like to fail then pass the exams by cheating," he meant I'd rather fail than pass the exams by cheating. Writing then instead of than made it read like a plan, and substituting "like to" for rather made it seem to be something he was looking forward to doing.

Tufguy, your sentence number 1 means "I would enjoy failing my exams. After I've done that, I think I'll cheat in order to pass them."
 

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I'm pretty sure Tufguy never meant to say he planned to cheat or that he liked it. Rather the opposite; when he wrote "I would like to fail then pass the exams by cheating," he meant I'd rather fail than pass the exams by cheating. Writing then instead of than made it read like a plan, and substituting "like to" for rather made it seem to be something he was looking forward to doing.

Tufguy, your sentence number 1 means "I would enjoy failing my exams. After I've done that, I think I'll cheat in order to pass them."

Sorry for the mistakes. But yes, I oppose cheating and this is what I wanted to write.
 

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Can you see how much shorter this thread would have been if you had checked post #1 before submitting it? You can now add "then/than" to your long list of things to check before making a post.
 
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