Could you tell me if "would rather" and "would sooner" are the same?
Could I say "I'd sooner you asked then" ?
"I don't mind you borrowing my things. But I'd sooner you asked then."
Hi, cropje_njr and Blues Piano Man.
Could you tell me if "woud rather" and "would sooner" are the same?
I used "then" to say that you should have asked for permission when you took my things.
To express this idea, could I say:
I don't mind you borrowing my things. But I'd sooner/rather you had asked then.
Hi Panj.In my head, I'd sooner you asked ... is, as Blues said, a comment on the fact that you didn't ask that time and a request that you ask in future.
It is difficult to reply, Rosi, without knowing which bit of the sentence is causing you difficulty. Are you familiar with the structure I would rather/sooner you gave me a kiss than gave me a punch on the nose? It expresses a preference between two hypotheticals.
No, I don't think so. For me "I'm rather hungry" is just a bit less strong than "I'm very hungry". In fact, rather* than formal or informal I'd say it's flavour is a little old-fashioned, but just a little bit.Ah, I see now, I've never heard it before. Would you say it is informal language ?