rather than 而不是；宁可…也不愿
would rather 宁愿，宁可
◇ The Antipathies, I think--’ (she was rather glad there WAS no one listening, this time, as it didn’t sound at all the right word) ‘--but I shall have to ask them what the name of the country is, you know.
◇ Though it was early, Kuang phoned his schoolmate in a booth nearby at once rather than waiting for him to come.
◇ he was, however, rather embarrassed, when he remembered that a simpleton, or one unfit for his office, would be unable to see the manufacture.