'Rather' is an adverb in the English language. In this lesson, we are going to discuss how to learn and use it.
Functions of 'Rather'
'Rather' as an Adverb
As stated above, the only function 'rather' performs is an adverb. Below, we are going to learn all about the different kinds of adverbs it can be:
'Rather' as an Adverb of Degree
- When we want to say that is in a particular way to some degree:
I know you care about me but I
It is a
- When we want to make a sentence less important:
- When we want to add extra information or correct what we have said, we use it:
It's too important, or
He was a literature student, or
- When we want to show that one idea opposes the other, we use it:
She wasn't rude, but
The humans didn't disappear, but they
Position in a Sentence
'Rather' mainly comes either before an adjective and modifies it, or before a verb and modifies it. Please note that if we have an auxiliary verb, we put the adverb between the auxiliary and the main verb. Look at the following examples for more clarification:
Here, 'rather' is mitigating an adjective.
Here, we have 'rather' between the auxiliary and the main verb.
Idioms and Expressions with 'Rather'
We have a few idioms with 'rather' in the English language and by learning them, you can expand your vocabulary and idiomatic knowledge. Below, we are going to learn all about them:
- Rather than: When we want to show that we prefer something/someone to another, we use this one:
The children like to play
I want to have a nice cup of coffee
- Rather someone: When we want to show that we prefer someone else does something than ourselves, we use this:
- Would rather: Again, we use this when we prefer something/someone to another:
I'm sorry but I
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