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# Usage of "rather than"

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25 Jul 2017, 10:51
I have 3 queries related to the usage of "rather than" :

1) Does the usage of "rather than" always follow parallelism: X rather than Y?

2) Is this the only usage of rather than?

3) Difference between "rather than" and "instead of"
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29 Jul 2017, 19:42
anujasterisk90 wrote:
I have 3 queries related to the usage of "rather than" :

1) Does the usage of "rather than" always follow parallelism: X rather than Y?

2) Is this the only usage of rather than?

3) Difference between "rather than" and "instead of"

1.) I would expect that 95% of the time that you would see the form "X rather than Y". However, it is also correct to write "Rather than Y, X" as in, "Rather than a glass of Pepsi, please give me a glass of Coke." You could also have some series in the form of, "Rather than A, B, or C, D" as in, "Rather than walk, bike, or drive, I take the subway to work."

2.) I can't think of any other forms of "Rather than" outside of what I mentioned above.

3.) The meaning of "rather than" and "instead of" is really close. The only difference to me is that "rather than" expresses a preference, while "instead of" suggests something was replaced or took priority over something else. But really, you could use them nearly interchangeably.
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30 Jul 2017, 10:46
Agree with XTOL

The only other difference between instead of and rather than is that instead of uses the proposition "of". Therefore, instead of must be followed by a noun while rather than does not.

For ex: Instead of traveling by flight, X traveled by train
This is incorrect because "travling by flight" is not a noun. Use rather than in this situation
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30 Jul 2017, 11:46
XTOL wrote:
anujasterisk90 wrote:
I have 3 queries related to the usage of "rather than" :

1) Does the usage of "rather than" always follow parallelism: X rather than Y?

2) Is this the only usage of rather than?

3) Difference between "rather than" and "instead of"

1.) I would expect that 95% of the time that you would see the form "X rather than Y". However, it is also correct to write "Rather than Y, X" as in, "Rather than a glass of Pepsi, please give me a glass of Coke." You could also have some series in the form of, "Rather than A, B, or C, D" as in, "Rather than walk, bike, or drive, I take the subway to work."

2.) I can't think of any other forms of "Rather than" outside of what I mentioned above.

3.) The meaning of "rather than" and "instead of" is really close. The only difference to me is that "rather than" expresses a preference, while "instead of" suggests something was replaced or took priority over something else. But really, you could use them nearly interchangeably.

Very nice explanation.. very useful for me too

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04 Aug 2017, 09:07
XTOL wrote:
anujasterisk90 wrote:
I have 3 queries related to the usage of "rather than" :

1) Does the usage of "rather than" always follow parallelism: X rather than Y?

2) Is this the only usage of rather than?

3) Difference between "rather than" and "instead of"

1.) I would expect that 95% of the time that you would see the form "X rather than Y". However, it is also correct to write "Rather than Y, X" as in, "Rather than a glass of Pepsi, please give me a glass of Coke." You could also have some series in the form of, "Rather than A, B, or C, D" as in, "Rather than walk, bike, or drive, I take the subway to work."

2.) I can't think of any other forms of "Rather than" outside of what I mentioned above.

3.) The meaning of "rather than" and "instead of" is really close. The only difference to me is that "rather than" expresses a preference, while "instead of" suggests something was replaced or took priority over something else. But really, you could use them nearly interchangeably.

Thanks for explaining. I precisely had these doubts.

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