Is it alright to write this?

I would rather swim than going to the party.

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    "I would rather swim than go to the party" or even "I would rather go swimming than go to the party". The modal would takes a bare infinitive – Henry Nov 9 '15 at 12:50
  • After Than always a bare infintif? – Hamdi Nov 9 '15 at 12:52
  • What's a bare infintif? Doesn't sound very appetizing. – Ricky Nov 9 '15 at 13:07

I would rather swim than going to the party.

It is incorrect. Let's reverse the verb forms.

I would rather swimming than go to the party.

If that doesn't sound wrong to you then I'll give the reasoning.


When you use the structure: I would rather X than Y, then X and Y must match in grammatical terms.

So we can say:

I would rather swim than go [to the party].


I would rather go [swimming] than go [to the party].

You cannot mix the verb forms.

Note: If you want to use the gerund then you could say something like:

I prefer swimming to partying.

but you still have to match the two parts.

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