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.

asked Jan 30 '13 at 04:25 Hans Contributor

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You are right.  Would rather phrase is always followed by past tense verbs.


I will give you two more examples.

I'd rather you went accompanied than alone.

I'd rather you didn't come home too late.

link answered Jan 30 '13 at 04:41 sanjay Expert

You can also say, I'd rather fish than hunt.

sanjayJan 30 '13 at 04:43

It is not true that we always use the Past Simple after 'would rather'. The only time when we use the past tense after 'would rather' is when there is a change of subject.


We would rather leave now (infinitive - We are talking about our time of leaving)I’d rather they left now (Past Simple - I am talking about their time of leaving)

Paul HendersonOct 24 '13 at 03:47

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When we have the floowing sentence:

My friend has gone to Spain I would rather he had stayed here. OR  I would rather he has tayed here.

which one is correct?

link answered May 14 at 02:39 SANDRO New member

The two correct .would rather + past simple to express the present and future time and would rather + past perfect to express past action.

kuchphilinJun 06 at 00:53

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