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I would rather go home.

I would rather that I went home.

Could you tell me the difference between these?

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  • The specific example makes it unclear what you're asking about. Is it really whether it makes any difference if you include "that" after "rather" (as per your question title)? Or the difference between "I would rather you leave" and "I would rather you left", as implied by the examples? – FumbleFingers Feb 19 '14 at 17:01
  • This question is probably better answered at ell.stackexchange.com – Mitch Feb 21 '14 at 14:18
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One is a preference and the answer to

Will you stay or will you go?

The other is a wish, subjunctive - a possible answer to

We plan to keep you here for 3 more months, would you like that?

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