Difference Between Rather Than, Would Rather,Had Rather and Had Better.See the whole explanation with example under the image.
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Rather than – means instead of something or in preference to.
- I think I would like to stay at home tonight rather than go out with you. (I don’t want to go out with you, I would like to stay at home)
Would rather – means you prefer to have or do one thing more than another.
- I would rather go out with you than stay at home. (the first option is better for me compare with the other)
Had rather – means prefer to do something. Idiom with would rather.
-I had much rather we not stay at home, we would rather go to the cinema.
- I had rather not see her.
Had better – is used to give advice or tell people what to do. The meaning is present or future, not past. Always use had, not have . After had better, we use the infinitive without ‘to’. Had better has same meaning as ‘should’.
- We had better leave early if we don’t want to be stuck in traffic. (we should leave early if we don’t want to be stuck in traffic. – advice, suggestion)
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