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If you are preparing for competitive exams of Banking, SSC, etc. like (IBPS Clerk, IBPS PO, SBI Clerk, SBI PO, SSC CGL, SSC CHSL, RRB NTPC, RBI, LIC AAO, etc.) you will encounter English Language and Comprehension sections. One of the most important aspects of the English section, in any exam, is to learn to Spot Errors and Correct Sentences. These Error Spotting and Sentence Correction Grammar Capsules are aimed at helping you learn a little bit of Grammar every day. Let us start with Error Spotting Capsule 4 which deals with the concept of “Would rather…than“. You can even download Error Spotting Capsule 4 as PDF.
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Let’s start with an example of a sentence that shows you the use of “would rather… than”.
Eg: “I would not rather go there.”
What’s wrong in this sentence? You’ll be able to identify the error by the end of this article.
‘Would rather’ means like, prefer, etc.
‘I would rather go to the library than stand here’ means the speaker prefers being in the library to standing at that place.
Rules for ‘would rather’
Spot the error in the following sentences
Here are the answers!!!
Explanation 1: Sammy would rather
be gone go. Same subject ==> base form.
Explanation 2: He says he would
not rather not come for the next session. The original sentence gives an impression that he would not do something else rather will attend the next session. The corrected sentence implies that he prefer not to attend the next session.
Explanation 3: I would rather she
did come had come yesterday. Different subject and past tense ==> past perfect form of the verb
Explanation 4: No error.
Explanation 5: I would rather go to my room
to than wait here for him to come. ‘Would rather’ is followed by ‘than’.