Rather than

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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

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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Rather than and would rather

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