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Rather is always followed by a bare (to-less) verb in a subjunctive construction: (would rather verb) *When used without a comparison, as above, one may glean an inference that the other option is implausible.   When used with a comparison, the form is (would...

Read through all of these posts aloud and add emphasis to the /ae/ sound in affect (think 'cat') and the /eh/ sound in effect (think 'egg'). By the time you're done, it should be drilled in your head. Also, effect  is a noun, think special effects.