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robjen
Posted: Sunday, July 16, 2017 4:21:35 AM
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I found this example in the online Oxford Dictionary.

definition of vape (verb)

informal

Inhale and exhale the vapour produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device.

(ex) ‘I'd rather people vaped indoors than smoked outside’

I think "I'd" means I would. Should the present tense of "to vape" and "to smoke" be used after "would"?

Please explain why the past tense is used in the dictionary's example. Thanks a lot.
Харбин Хэйлунцзян 1
Posted: Sunday, July 16, 2017 4:40:12 AM

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robjen wrote:
Please explain why the past tense is used in the dictionary's example. Thanks a lot.

http://dictionary.cambridge.org/ru/%D0%B3%D1%80%D0%B0%D0%BC%D0%BC%D0%B0%D1%82%D0%B8%D0%BA%D0%B0/%D0%B1%D1%80%D0%B8%D1%82%D0%B0%D0%BD%D1%81%D0%BA%D0%B0%D1%8F-%D0%B3%D1%80%D0%B0%D0%BC%D0%BC%D0%B0%D1%82%D0%B8%D0%BA%D0%B0/verb-patterns/would-rather-would-sooner

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NKM
Posted: Sunday, July 16, 2017 9:20:55 AM

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Personally, I'd prefer the present (subjunctive) tense rather than the past.

- "I'd rather he be honest than try to guess."

But many people don't know how to use subjunctive forms, so they use (or misuse) the past indicative instead.

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