sooner vs rather : Common Errors in English

About sooner vs rather

“I’d sooner starve than eat what they serve in the cafeteria” is lessformal than “I’d rather starve.”

sooner Meaning(s)

  • (n) a native or resident of Oklahoma
  • (r) comparatives of `soon' or `early'
  • (r) more readily or willingly

rather Meaning(s)

  • (r) on the contrary
  • (r) to some (great or small) extent
  • (r) more readily or willingly
  • (r) to a degree (not used with a negative)

sooner in News

  1. Weird but true

    If the Sooner State suffers a drought, blame him. An Oklahoma car owner is suing the state over its standard-issue “rain god” Indian-sculpture license plates. Keith Cressman says the image of a Native American shooting an arrow toward the sky violates his Christian beliefs — and he complains that obtaining special...
    on June 14, 2013 Source: New York Post

  2. Privacy Looks Different Through Google Glass

    No sooner had Google Inc. (GOOG) yielded to popular pressure to bar facial-recognition applications from Google Glass than techies split into two factions: those who called the ban an outrage that would hurt law enforcement and medical care, and those who said the ban would make no difference because sooner or later the wall was bound to fall.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Bloomberg

  3. Expert: Dying woman should have got Irish abortion

    DUBLIN (AP) — A miscarrying woman who died in an Irish hospital should have had her blood poisoning detected much sooner and been offered an abortion to improve her odds of survival, an experts' report concluded Thursday in a case that is forcing Ireland to modernize its abortion laws.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Associated Press via Yahoo! News

rather in News

  1. Thousand of firms reportedly swap data with U.S. agencies

    Rather than information about than customers' private communications, thousands of companies are providing intelligence organizations with data such as equipment specifications, sources tell Bloomberg. [Read more]        
    on June 14, 2013 Source: CNET

  2. Lindell Stone Should Play the Field Rather Than Accept UCLA's Scholarship Offer

    In what now seems to be developing into the rule rather than the exception, another standout eighth-grade football player has been offered a scholarship by a major college program. Quarterback Lindell Stone is officially a target of UCLA, but the youngster shouldn't be so quick to make a decision. According to Damon Sayles of ESPN Recruiting Nation , UCLA extended the offer on Tuesday to the 6'2 ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Bleacher Report

  3. Slide Show: 6 of the best countries for new moms

    Rather than put baby in a corner, Finland puts baby in a box
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Market Watch

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