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1. I would rather go with you than stay home.

2. I would rather go with you than to stay home.

3. I would rather go with you than staying home.

4. I would go with you rather than stay home.

5. I would go with you rather than to stay home.

6. I would go with you rather than staying home.

Which of the above sentences are acceptable?

Thanks very much for your reply.
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Dear Teo,

It is my opinion that numbers 1 and 4 are the most acceptable. You may sometimes hear numbers 2 and 5. Numbers 3 and 6 are incorrect.

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Goldmund
I would say numbers 1 and 4, but not 2 or 5.
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In my opinion,only no.1 is acceptable grammatically.
I don't see anything wrong with #4, although (to my ear) it's not identical to #1. It's not easy to identify the difference. In #1 the speaker is simply expressing a preference between two available choices. In #4, it seems as though the speaker is suggesting an alternative to staying home, or maybe suggesting that although he doesn't really want to "go with you," it would be better than the option of staying home.

#1 is the equivalent of "I prefer A to B"

#4 is the equivalent of "I would do A, if the only alternative was B."

Does that make sense?
Point of interest:

All five statements are in American English and it's unlikely you'd hear them in the U.K. We would add an "at" before "home".
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I will hear both stay home and stay at home in AmE.

(If you'll notice, LeicesterLad, all of the US commentators here have found four of the six statements unacceptable.)
Hi, If number three and six are incorrect should I think that the same is the following?

I would rather have it off-line than killing anyone. Thanks.
K.O.
Hi, If number three and six are incorrect should I think that the same is the following?

I would rather have it off-line than killing anyone. Thanks.

This isn't the same structure as 3 and 6, K.O. The underlying structure is:

"I would rather have it off-line than (have it) killing anyone."

So in both clauses, you have a bare infinitive ("have"), which is fine.

MrP
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