Useful Words and Phrases (Instead of / Rather than)
This ESL writing worksheet introduces the proper usage of "instead of" and "rather than" with several sample sentences.
Instead of / Rather than
Instead of and rather than mean “in place of”.
Note: If “A” and “B” are verbs, you must add “-ing” to the verb after instead of/rather than:
· Wrong: I went running instead of ride a bike. (x)
· Right: I went running instead of riding a bike.
· Right: I went running rather than riding a bike.
· Wrong: John decided to play video games rather than do his homework. (x)
· Right: John decided to play video games rather than doing his homework.
· Right: John decided to play video games instead of doing his homework.
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