General Writing and Grammar Help/rather than.....


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Which one is correct? Please explain your reasons.

"Rather than ............. his homework, Paul decided to watch TV."
a) doing
b) do
c) to do

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Rather than ............. his homework, Paul decided to watch TV

Both DOING and DO are correct, because we require an infinitive / a gerund (a noun-equivalent after THAN).

Here, in rather than DO  , DO is an infinitive, the TO being implied. An analogous construct would be:

He preferred watching the TV than doing the home-work.  
OR: He preferred to watch the TV than to do his home-work.  

Similarly, Paul decided to watch the TV rather than (to) do his home-work.  

But a gerund (in many cases) may be a substitute in the place of an infinitive. Examples:

He likes to play = He likes playing.  

To drive a motor car requires skill = Driving a motor car requires skill.  
Conclusion : first preference DO (infinitive with TO implied).
Second preference DOING (a gerund, acting as a noun after THAN.
TO DO is not the accepted usage, although DO means TO DO. Let the word TO be implied, and use DO as an infinitive.  

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