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Session 4

In today's One-minute English Tom will explain how to use ‘would rather'.
ਅੱਜ One-minute English ਵਿੱਚ ਟੌਮ ‘would rather’ ਦੀ ਸਹੀ ਵਰਤੋਂ ਬਾਰੇ ਸਮਝਾਏਗਾ।

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Would rather

In today's One-minute English Tom will explain how to use ‘would rather’.
ਅੱਜ One-minute English ਵਿੱਚ ਟੌਮ ‘would rather’ ਦੀ ਸਹੀ ਵਰਤੋਂ ਬਾਰੇ ਸਮਝਾਏਗਾ।

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Hi guys!

Tom here from BBC Learning English and I would rather be in bed today than be in the office.

We use ‘would rather’ plus a verb to say what we would, ideally, prefer to do.

We can also use ‘than’ to introduce a contrasting idea.

For example, I would rather drink tea than drink coffee.

And, I would rather watch TV than do my homework.


ਅਸੀਂ ‘would rather’ ਦਾ ਇਸਤੇਮਾਲ ਕਰਦੇ ਹਾਂ ਜਦੋਂ ਕਿਸੇ ਵਿਸ਼ੇਸ਼ ਸਥਿਤੀ ਬਾਰੇ ਗੱਲ ਕਰਨ ਲੱਗਿਆਂ ਕਰਦੇ ਹਾਂ। ‘would rather’ ਦੀ ਵਰਤੋਂ ਕਰਨ ਲੱਗਿਆਂ ਹਮੇਸ਼ਾਂ ਅਸੀਂ ਦੋ ਜਾਂ ਦੋ ਤੋਂ ਵੱਧ ਚੀਜ਼ਾਂ ਦੀ ਤੁਲਣਾ ਕਰਦੇ ਹਾਂ। ਇਸ ਤੁਲਣਾ ਨੂੰ ਦਰਸਾਉਣ ਲਈ ਅਸੀਂ ‘than’ ਜਾਂ ‘rather than’ ਸ਼ਬਦਾਂ ਦਾ ਇਸਤੇਮਾਲ ਕਰਦੇ ਹਾਂ।

I would rather drink juice than drink water.
I would rather listen to music than watch TV.

Structure / ਵਾਕ ਬਣਤਰ

Positive form: ਹਾਂ-ਵਾਚਕ ਵਾਕ

would rather + verb
‘Would’ is often contracted to I’d, you’d, he’d , she’d, we’d and they’d.

I would rather stay in bed than go for a run in the morning
He’d rather sit in front of the TV than go for a run!

Negative form: ਨਾਂਹ-ਵਾਚਕ ਵਾਕ

The negative form of ‘would rather’ is ‘rather not’. This is not used as much as the positive form. We don’t introduce contrasting ideas when using negative forms.

I’d rather not visit your family this weekend.

We can also use ‘would rather not’ as a short answer.

A: Would you like to come swimming?
B: No thanks, I’d rather not.

Question form: ਪ੍ਰਸ਼ਨਾਤਮਕ ਵਾਕ

We change the word order to make a question. We use would you rather to offer a choice.

Would you rather go the café or the bar?
Would you rather live in America or live in Asia?

Game: 'would rather'

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1. Would rather and would prefer have the same meaning.
However, after using would prefer, we need to add [to + verb].

I would rather drink tea than coffee.
I would prefer to drink tea than coffee.

2. We can use would rather to talk about what we want other people to do.

In this case we use the past tense for the present situation:
Would rather + person+ past tense

I would rather you gave me the money now
I’d rather you left now
I’d rather you didn’t tell anyone

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