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rather than

Instead of; as opposed to; as an alternative to. Sometimes the preferred action is written between "rather" and "than." Rather than spending so much of our budget on advertising, I think we should invest a bit more in QA testing. I usually prefer wine rather than beer, but on a hot day like today, a cold beer is hard to beat. He'd rather struggle and fail on his own than ask for help.
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rather than

instead of somebody/something: I think I’ll have a cold drink rather than coffee.Why didn’t you ask for help, rather than trying to do it on your own?
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But if we are in a realm of less certain and more complex challenges, we need different guidelines--gentle guidelines regarding "best process" rather than rigorous guidelines about best practice.
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The congregation sits around the altar, in concentric circles, experiencing God in their midst rather than above them.
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The only suggestion I do not find very convincing--for lack of any proof internal or external--is that Lumley intended him to hear the play, rather than read it.
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