You'd rather us be dead

How should this sentence be analyzed and parsed?

Is it different from "You'd rather we were dead"?

  • Does this answer your question? Would rather/ wish + subjunctive. This example (from a SciFi novel, and co-posted at WordReference.com) looks like a colloquial invention. 'You'd rather he were dead' etc is more usual. This plays on the 'when in doubt, accusative rules' mantra. I'm not so keen. – Edwin Ashworth May 22 at 14:06

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