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hi all,
what's different b/w "instead of" and "rather than"? thanks :)

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New post 30 Aug 2010, 22:38
"Instead of" is used when an item simply takes the place of another.

"Rather than" is used to denote preference.

"Rather than" is preferred over "Instead of", you will find on many questions "Instead of" as wrong option. (though this is not fixed rule!)
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New post 31 Aug 2010, 03:06
"Rather than" is preferable to use for VERBS.

"Instead of" is preferable to use for NOUNS.

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