DJ音标发音： [ˈræðə, ˈrɑ:ðə]
KK音标发音： [ˈræðɚ, ˈrɑðɚ]
1. More readily; preferably:
I'd rather go to the movies.
2. With more reason, logic, wisdom, or other justification.
3. More exactly; more accurately:
He's my friend, or rather he was my friend.
4. To a certain extent; somewhat:
5. On the contrary.
6. [r2“Y?r“, r?“-] Chiefly British Most certainly. Used as an emphatic affirmative reply.
[r2“Y?r“, r?“-] 【多用于英国】 当然：最肯定地。做为对肯定性回答的加强语气
7. Middle English
8. from Old English hrathor [comparative of] hr?the [quickly, soon]
源自 古英语 hrathor  hr?the的比较级 [快地，很快地]
9. from hr?th [quick]
源自 hr?th [快的]
10. In expressions of preference rather is commonly preceded by would or in formal style should :
在表达选择的意思时rather 一词往往跟在 would 或更正式的形式 should 之后：
We would rather rent the house than buy it outright.
I should rather my daughter attended a public school.
11. The use of had in these constructions may now be more infrequent than it once was but is still encountered in reputable writing:
在上述结构中使用had 现在没有过去常用， 但即使在十分著名的文章中，还能发现这种用法：
I had rather be dead than be a slave.
12. This use of had was once widely criticized as a mistake, the result of a misanalysis of the contraction in sentences such as I'd rather stay. But it is in fact a survival of the subjunctive form had that appears in constructions like had better and had best, as in
这种对had 的使用曾经招致广泛的批评， 人们认为这是由于对I'd rather stay 这句话简略形式的误解所致。 但实际上这是对例如在had better 或 had best 中 had 虚拟用法的延用，我们能说：
We had better leave her alone. (Notice that in these constructions would and should cannot be used.)
我们最好由她去（注意在这种句子中不可使用 would 或 should )。
13. This use of had shows an unbroken line of usage running back to Middle English, and traditional criticisms of these constructions are unfounded. · Before an unmodified noun only rather a is used: It was rather a disaster. When the noun is preceded by an adjective, however, both rather a and a rather are found: It was rather a boring party. It was a rather boring party. When a rather is used in this construction, rather can be construed as qualifying only the adjective, whereas with rather a it can be construed as qualifying either the adjective or the entire noun phrase. Thus a rather long ordeal can mean only “an ordeal that is rather long,” whereas rather a long ordeal can also mean roughly “a long process that is something of an ordeal.” Rather a is the only possible choice when the adjective itself does not permit modification: The horse was rather a long shot (not The horse was a rather long shot ). See Usage Note at better 1should
Had 的这种使用方法可以一直追溯到中古英语， 但历史上并没有对此方法批评的记载。在一个没有修饰词的名词前，一般只使用rather a ： 真是一场灾难。 但当名词前有形容词时，rather a 和 a rather 就都能使用了： It was rather a boring party 。It was a rather a boring party 。 在这种搭配中，如果使用a rather ， rather 只是用来修饰这个形容词； 如果使用rather a， 那么同时修饰形容词和名词，即可认为修饰形容词也可以为修饰名词词组。 因此a rather long ordeal 的意思仅指布道很长， 而rather a long ordeal 则可概略地指一个“像布道似的漫长过程。” 如果形容词本身没有引申义，那么就只能使用rather a ： The horse was rather a long shot （而不是 The horse was a rather long shot ) 参见 better1should