Which one is more grammatically correct? But from or But rather from?

I don't quite understand which one should be used. And I seriously doubt that the second one can be used at all.

It didn't occur because of this, but rather from this.

It didn't occur because of this, but from this.

  • I believe that both are somewhat grammatical 'rather' and 'from' can be interchangeable in your situation – anonymous Nov 4 '15 at 0:52
  • @anonymous Can there ever be a situation in which one is preferred over the other? – Asker123 Nov 4 '15 at 0:54
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    I also believe that in most situations, 'but rather from' is highly more preferred and considered to be more "proper" and sophisticated. – anonymous Nov 4 '15 at 1:04
  • As others have said, both are acceptable. I would suggest that the inclusion of 'rather' emphasises the comparison. Additionally, the difference between "because of this" and "from this" seems a bit odd (depending what this would be replaced by). I would normally expect the same terminology in both clauses: "It didn't occur because of this, but rather because of this." – TrevorD Jul 17 '16 at 12:36

Some comments to this effect have already been made, but I'd like to build on them.

  1. Both forms are grammatically correct.
  2. In formal written English, the "rather" form looks more elegant.
  3. I would suggest that the elegance argument is less important than the flow of the sentence. Your sentence is already a short one, and without the flow of text before and after it, I can't say how well it would read either way. Once it has been established that both forms are grammatically correct, I would suggest that the next stage is to see whether the significant lengthening of the sentence adds to or detracts from its readability.

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