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USAGE: I'd rather (was: Re: Journalists)

From:Carsten Becker <carbeck@...>
Date:Wednesday, June 27, 2007, 12:33

On Wed, 27 Jun 2007 03:17:09 -0700, Sai Emrys <sai@...> wrote:

>For various reasons, I'd rather that not be public information until
>after the conference.
I understand what it means, but I've never come across this construction in 9 years of studying English at school, except I think in Shakespeare. Is this some colloquialism or archaism (like 'methinks' AIUI)? After all, there does not seem to be a verb "to rather" in English. Yours Carsten


Jeff Rollin <jeff.rollin@...>