Chinese Grammar: Expressing “would rather” with 与其
When expressing a preference, there are a lot of ways in Chinese to say “prefer something to another thing”. You can use 与其...不如 or 宁愿. We call it a preference relationship when using these patterns to indicate you do one thing instead of doing another one.
If you still remember the structure 宁可...也 不 to express “would rather” with 宁可, in this case, it’s usually used for choosing one through two bad choices. With 与其, you can express your preference normally and neutrally. Two comparisons with a clear emphasis that you’d like to choose. It’s just like “prefer...than” or “it’s better...than/rather than...” in English.
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