Word of the Day: RATHER ◆◆◆◆◇
> (ADV) used to mean ‘fairly’ or ‘to some degree’, often when you are expressing slight criticism, disappointment or surprise
The instructions were rather complicated; She fell and hurt her leg rather badly; I didn’t fail the exam; in fact I did rather well!; It was a rather difficult question.
> used with a verb to make a statement sound less strong
I rather suspect we’re making a mistake; We were rather hoping you’d be able to do it by Friday.
> used to correct something you have said, or to give more accurate information
She worked as a secretary, or rather, a personal assistant; In the end he had to walk—or rather run—to the office.
rather you, him, etc. than me
‘I’m going climbing tomorrow.’ – ‘Rather you than me!’
rather than (=instead of somebody/something)
I think I’ll have a cold drink rather than coffee; Why didn’t you ask for help, rather than trying to do it on your own?
would rather… (=would prefer to)
She’d rather die than give a speech.
‘Do you want to come with us?’ ‘No, I’d rather not.
‘Would you rather walk or take the bus?
‘Do you mind if I smoke?’ – ‘Well, I’d rather you didn’t.’