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Is it possible to use would rather+present verb to refer to past as we wanted it to happen in the past like this: I'd rather die than lie

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What you just wrote is in the present tense..."I'd rather die than lie." Past tense would be, "He said he would have rather died than lied." So when I just changed it, notice I had to change several words to past tense also. Or, "I would have rather died than lied." Notice also the verb had to be added on to
with " have" which helped "rather" become past tense. I hope this helped.

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Is would have rather died grammatically true ? I actually meant this one
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"I would have rather died" is grammatically correct, although some Americans would say," I'd rather have died" which is a faster way of saying the same thing because "I'd" is a shortcut for "I would" and changing "rather have" to "have rather" is okay to do. The important thing is before you had written "die and lie" istead of "died and lied" which is present tense. Adding the "d" on "lie and die" to make it "died and lied" makes it past tense and also adding "have" made it past tense. You have to do both. You have to make the WHOLE
sentence past tense by looking at every word of the sentence to make it past tense. I know this is hard. But soon it will become easier.
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I don't know. They both sound right..."I'd rather die than lie" is when you are talking to someone right now. You know, I am going to have a friend come to this question and answer it. I'm getting more confused each time I read this. Hopefully, you'll come back to this. It means a lot to me to help people who speak English as a second language.
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It is quite ok to use "would rather" + a present verb in your reference. "Would rather" is mostly used with 'than' plus two verbs or objects when making a choice between two specific actions. You can check the usage at http://esl.about.com/od/grammarstructures/a/Would-Rather.htm.

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Nope. You didn't answer his question. He is foreign and you just told him his answer was ok. It wasn't ok. It was in the present tense and he needed it to be past tense. He can't understand that link you gave either.
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