would rather

  • Would rather means ‘would prefer to’. It is followed by the infinitive without to. We often use the contraction’d rather: this means ‘would rather’, not ‘had rather’.
      [ would rather + infinitive without to]
      Would you rather stay here or go home?
      ‘How about a drink?’ I’d rather have something to eat.’
  • We can use would rather to say that one person would prefer another person to do something. We use a special structure with a past tense.
      [ would rather + subject + past tense]
      I’d rather you went home now.
      Tomorrow’s difficult. I’d rather you came next weekend.
      My wife would rather we didn’t see each other any more.
      ‘Shall I open a window?’ I’d rather you didn’t’