I saw the following sentence on a website:

Would you rather Ronaldo or Messi in your team.

This sounds weird to me, I would say: Would you rather have/see Ronaldo or Messi in your team

Is it okay to just use ''rather'' without anything behind it, because it sounds quite unnatural to my ears.

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    It sounds a bit odd to me, too, but as an American I would not be entirely surprised to hear a British person omit "have" or "see." Can you link to the example?
    – phoog
    Oct 28, 2015 at 22:42
  • I also think on your team is much more appropriate than in
    – Jim
    Oct 28, 2015 at 22:56
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    I wouldn't say it's a common construction in the US, but it's not unknown and would be easily understood (and not a red flag for "illiterate") when used in a reasonable context. Has a British sense to it -- best said with the pinkie finger elevated.
    – Hot Licks
    Oct 28, 2015 at 23:00
  • I'm not much of a soccer player but I can hear both versions as correct. The more authentic for me is in. When these things mattered to me I was always hoping to be in the best team.
    – Dan
    Oct 28, 2015 at 23:03
  • @phoog It was on Mirror Football's facebook page, I believe it's from the UK. Anyways, thanks for the replies. It's clear to me now
    – Milo
    Oct 28, 2015 at 23:09

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This is quite a common, informal usage (UK) where the (obvious) verb is simply not spoken.

(Question from a busy canteen server) Would you rather coffee or tea ?

Clearly the context must be clear and the missing verb obvious.


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