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

From:Sai Emrys <sai@...>
Date:Sunday, July 1, 2007, 0:47
On 6/27/07, caeruleancentaur <caeruleancentaur@...> wrote:
> According to the Columbia Guide to Standard American English" (you pick > your guide, I'll pick mine :-)), "would rather" and "had rather" are > equally correct. Therefore, it seems to me that "would = want" is not > correct. That would mean that "had = want" is correct also. I > believe "would" in this expression is the auxiliary in the subjunctive > without a verb, if it ever even had one in this expression. > > It is impossible to discern which is meant when the contraction "I'd" > is used.
If I were saying it out, I would use "I would rather (that) X". - Sai