What is the rule of thumb when determining when to use instead of and rather than? Please provide examples.
Instead of books and apples i chose pencils and candies...
Rather than buying Jonhn's car he chose to look for other alternatives....
however, use instead of
when comparing nouns and rather than
when comparing verbs.....
BTW, the same goes for the following:
For comparing nouns use: Like, due to, instead of.
For comparing verbs: As, rather than, because of.