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Hello again Emotion: smile

Today I was wondering about the usage of "would rather" and "would prefer" in sentences.

I was the most doubtful about "would rather" & "would prefer" in sentences that refer to the past.

examples:

1. As a kid I would have rather have stayed at home than have stayed at school.
2. I would rather him not have been a member of the junior soccer team two years ago.
3. When Tommy was young he'd have preferred to have eaten pizza rather than have eaten spaghetti.

Can you please tell me if those are grammatically correct sentences? If not please tell me how to use "would rather" and "would prefer" in sentences that are about the past Emotion: smile.

Thanks for your help!

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park cobra 4761. As a kid I would have rather have stayed at home than have stayed at school. gone to school.

As shown.

You need

I would have rather stayed or (better) I would rather have stayed.

park cobra 4762. I would rather him not have been a member of the junior soccer team two years ago.

Fine as written.

park cobra 4763. When Tommy was young he'd have preferred to have eaten pizza rather than have eaten spaghetti.

You don't need all that grammatical machinery with 'prefer'.

When Tommy was young, he preferred to eat pizza rather than spaghetti.

CJ

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So basically, saying :
"When I was seven I would have rather have stayed at home than have gone to school."
Is wrong and it's better to say:

"When I was seven I would rather have stayed at home than gone to school." , Is that correct?

Is it a mistake do use "have" again after "than" in those sentences (underlined part of the sentence above)?


Thank you in advance.

park cobra 476So basically, saying :
"When I was seven I would have rather have stayed at home than have gone to school."
Is wrong

No. Not wrong. Clumsy.

park cobra 476

it's better to say:

"When I was seven I would rather have stayed at home than gone to school." , Is that correct?

Yes, that's better.

park cobra 476Is it a mistake do use "have" again after "than" in those sentences

No. Not wrong. Clumsy.

CJ