When do we use Rather in English?



A) We use rather as an adverb of degree:



Modifying an adjective:

• The film was rather good.


Modifying an adverb:

• It happened rather quickly.


Notes:

1. It is stronger than fairly, but not as strong as very.

2. It can modify a noun, often coming before the article:

3. It's rather a problem.

4. It can modify some verbs: I rather like it.


B) To express preference



Rather than:

Rather than is normally used to compare parallel structures:

• Let's take the train rather than the bus.

• Rather you than me!

• I decided to write rather than email.


Would rather:



Would rather + infinitive without 'to':


• I'd rather leave now.

Would rather + pronoun + past tense:


• I'd rather he came early.

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