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I would rather them play the Grizzlies. Or

I would rather they play the Grizzlies.

Are both useable?

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The second is usually said in the past tense.

I would rather they played the Grizzlies.

Also

I would rather see them play the Grizzlies.
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Hello:

May I add a few words to Ivanhr's excellent answer?

(We non-experts have been warned to check our books before posting. I have done so. Therefore, I think these comments are accurate.)

(1) In your sentence, there is actually the word "that." It is true, however, that native speakers usually do not use it. But in the future, you may wish to mentally add the word "that." Then it might be easier for you to make a decision:

(a ) I would rather that they play/played the Grizzlies.

(b) I would rather that them play/played the Grizzlies.

Which sentence sounds correct to you? I am sure that you selected 1a.

(2) By the way, some experts say there is a difference between "play" and "played" in your sentence. If you are interested,

you may wish to start a new thread. I am sure that the experts will be delighted to explain the subtle difference.

HAVE A NICE DAY!
James MHello:May I add a few words to Ivanhr's excellent answer?(We non-experts have been warned to check our books before posting. I have done so. Therefore, I think these comments are accurate.)(1) In your sentence, there is actually the word "that." It is true, however, that native speakers usually do not use it. But in the future, you may wish to mentally add the word "that." Then it might be easier for you to make a decision: I would rather thatthey play/played the Grizzlies.(b) I would rather that them play/played the Grizzlies.Which sentence sounds correct to you? I am sure that you selected 1a.(2) By the way, some experts say there is a difference between "play" and "played" in your sentence. If you are interested,you may wish to start a new thread. I am sure that the experts will be delighted to explain the subtle difference.HAVE A NICE DAY!
What's the difference between:

I would rather they play the Grizzlies. And

I would rather they played the Grizzlies.
Thank you for your kind note. Hopefully, one of the experts will soon answer you. If they don't, then I shall be delighted to share what I have learned. (Pardon this late reply. I am subjected to moderation.)
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I see that you have posted this question in a new thread. Excellent move. And you received an excellent answer from MalRey.

I am delighted to share my research with you. Please remember if any in-house expert disagrees with my comments, you must believe him/her, not me!

1) Most books realize that students want clear rules. So most books tell us that when "you want someone else to do something, ...[ w]e use the past." (Source: Raymond Murphy, Grammar in Use.)

a) If you are ever in doubt, then just use the so-called past subjunctive, and you will always be "correct."
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2) Nevertheless, some experts feel that there is sometimes a difference between the two:

a) I would rather she go.

b) I would rather she went.

I found on Google books a book entitled Grammar: A Function-based Introduction by Talmy Givon.

The author claims that in 2b, the speaker is more anxious [nervous] and adamant [determined] about the outcome.

I guess that means in easy English that the speaker really, really, really wants "her" to go.

The author also claims that the use of "went" has a "stronger inference that the subject may resist." I guess in plain English:

The speaker is afraid that "she" will not go.

HAVE A NICE DAY!