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I searched all over the internet and always found contradicting answers concerning the following topic.

In this sentence:

I would rather be alone than to go out tonight.

if I apply grammar rules it would have to be "than go out tonight", but I found a lot of people who saw nothing wrong with the first version. I want to be sure about it and get a correct answer!

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As a native speaker I'd always omit to. The idiom is "I'd rather X than Y."

"I'd rather X than to Y" breaks parallelism.

http://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/grammar/british-grammar/would-rather-would-sooner

  • He has found contradicting statements about it. Opinions aren't what he is looking for. I would suggest that you back yourself up with rules or at least some sort of indication that yours is the popular opinion. – zondo Apr 2 '16 at 18:47
  • thank you , but what was wrong with : " thank you for your attention " even if Idid not have your attention yet ! – Tom Grethen Apr 2 '16 at 18:54
  • What? Oh, you're referring to zondo's edit of your post. There's nothing at all wrong with "Thank you for your attention." Perhaps it's unnecessary, but it's perfectly correct and appropriate. – Adam Liss Apr 2 '16 at 18:59
  • thanhs again to all of you ! – Tom Grethen Apr 3 '16 at 5:00

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