Usage of would rather
Is this sentence grammatically correct?
"I'd rather he be angry than grumpy."
But as far as I know, past tense verbs follow the 'would rather' phrase, so I am really confused now.
ex) I'd rather you went home now.
Could you help me out with this issue. Thank you so much and take good care.
There's something to point out: [Would rather + past perfect] is for wishes about the past referring to people other than the subject. For instance: I (subject)'d rather YOU (another person) hadn't gone to Italy; I would have preferred Spain. Now, for THE SUBJECT THEMSELF, you use Would rather + present perfect... or in the negative [would rather not + present perfect] For instance: I'd rather not have gone to Italy instead of Spain. (Me, talking about myself) She'd rather have said yes when he asked her for marriage (She didn't accept the proposal and now she repents)
|link comment||answered Oct 05 '16 at 20:43 Jonatan Carminati New member|
In Big Bang Theory S03E20, the following dialogue takes place:
- Although now that I think of it, he asked me not to tell you that.
- I'll pretend I didn't hear it.
- I'd rather you pretend I didn't say it.
So this is not entirely correct and it should be "I'd rather you pretended I didn't say it."?
|link comment||answered Jan 01 at 13:16 Tullinge New member|
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