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Which one is correct?

I would sooner die than to confess it.

I would sooner die than confess it.

I would rather die than to confess it.

I had better die than to confess it.

Thanks in advance.

asked Dec 12 '11 at 13:27 Rahul Gupta Expert

I had better die than to confess it prakashDec 14 '11 at 10:24

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All of them can be correct.  In this context, sooner means exactly the same thing as rather.  Perhaps it is considered slang, but I would say that in the US it is more common to say that one would sooner die than to do something the person would hate to do.  Unless one is being held as a prisoner of war, the speaker doesn't actually expect to die.  It is a way to express how very much they don't want to do the other thing.  The last example you gave would be used in a slightly different scenario.  If the speaker will get in big trouble with someone else if they confess it, they might say they better die - or else be killed for it.  Again, this is meant figuratively.

link comment answered Dec 13 '11 at 22:41 Patty T Grammarly Fellow
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My opinion....I would sooner die than confess it.

link answered Dec 12 '11 at 18:00 Michelle Wiler-Klingaman New member

I don't think so. Rahul GuptaDec 13 '11 at 05:59

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 I would rather die to confess it. 

link comment answered Dec 13 '11 at 17:09 Augusto José New member
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Not one is correct.  It should be: I would rather die than confess it.

link comment answered Dec 14 '11 at 06:11 Rino Pedro New member
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I would rather die than to confess it.

link comment answered Dec 14 '11 at 13:56 gashaw tamrat New member

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