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Need Help distinguishing when to use 2 idioms

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15 Oct 2006, 08:58
What is the rule of thumb when determining when to use instead of and rather than? Please provide examples.

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15 Oct 2006, 11:39
\$uckafr33 wrote:
What is the rule of thumb when determining when to use instead of and rather than? Please provide examples.

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Instead of books and apples i chose pencils and candies...

Rather than buying Jonhn's car he chose to look for other alternatives....

Stupid examples 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.

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16 Oct 2006, 07:35
Rather than is used as a conjunction whereas instead of is used as a preposition
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16 Oct 2006, 15:48
Guys you are awesome

Always bring out the fundas.

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16 Oct 2006, 15:48
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