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Hi teachers!

Please check the sentences below and let me know which is grammatical.


1. I would rather she stayed home than went out.

2. I would rather she stayed home than go out.

Also I wonder if 'that clause' after would rather always takes subjunctive. Then #3 must be ungrammatical right?

3. I would rather she stays home than goes away.


As always many thanks teachers!

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I would rather she stay home than go out.

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Michelle Cha1. I would rather she stayed home than went out.

This is natural to me.

Michelle Cha2. I would rather she stayed home than go out.

I would not use this one.

Michelle Cha3. I would rather she stays home than goes away.

You changed "out" to "away". I'm not sure if that was an intentional part of the question, or not intended to be important. Anyway, so as to compare like with like, I will consider "I would rather she stays home than goes out". This is also natural to me. Compared with (1), it feels slightly less hypothetical, i.e. would tend to be used when addressing a present situation.

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Michelle Cha1. I would rather she stayed home than went out.

I prefer the one above.

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Thank you!

First, it was an accident - as usual to me ☺

Then is the subjinctive in a that clause after 'would rather' not a mandatory one?

Michelle ChaThen is the subjinctive in a that clause after 'would rather' not a mandatory one?

In that we can say "I would rather she stays home", no. However, different people may have different opinions about the desirability of using "stays" rather than one of the other alternatives, and this choice may also depend on the verb and the sentence context.

I forgot to mention also that, as I understand it, and as it has been mentioned here before, AmE is more likely to use the present subjunctive ("she stay") than BrE. For me (BrE speaker), "I would rather she stay home than go out" feels too formal or literary for everyday use, while this form was AlpheccaStars' preference. (Note that your original sentence #2, "I would rather she stayed home than go out", is a mixed or mismatched form that I'm not sure anyone would intentionally want to use.)

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I and she are very different pronouns. The pronoun "I" refers to your self. In my case, if I am the one to say that, "I" refers to me(myself) and "she" refers to another person, and that's the total opposite.

"I would rather stay at home than go out." - this must be the right one.

The verb "stay" should conform to its subject "I", since "I" is a plural pronoun, the verb should also be plural. You cannot use "stayed" because it doesn't happen yet.

I hope this can help.

I and she are very different pronouns. The pronoun "I" refers to your self. In my case, if I am the one to say that, "I" refers to me(myself) and "she" refers to another person, and that's the total opposite.

"I would rather stay at home than go out." - this must be the right one.

The verb "stay" should conform to its subject "I", since "I" is a plural pronoun, the verb should also be plural. You cannot use "stayed" because it doesn't happen yet.

I hope this can help.

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