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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. When I go to the movies, I usually prefer candy rather than popcorn, but I'm in the mood for something salty tonight. 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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