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Rather than and would rather
Rather than is normally used in parallel structures: for example with two adjectives, adverbs, nouns, infinitives or -ing forms. When the main clause has a to-infinitive, rather than is normally followed by an infinitive without to. An -ing form is also possible.
Would rather means 'would prefer to'. It is followed by an infinitive without to.
Would rather + subject + past tense
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.
To talk about past actions, a past perfect tense is possible.
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