would sooner + INFINITIVE

At C2 in the English Vocabulary Profile, ‘would sooner’ means ‘would prefer.’

For example:

They would sooner sacrifice numbers to save the people.

TED

The most common collocate or grammar structure related here is comparative ‘than’.  For example:

I would sooner resign than be forced to get the vaccine.

Chicago Tribune on MSN.com


A search in the NOW corpus for which infinitives are found next to ‘would sooner’

would sooner _VVI

1 SEE 51
2 DIE 37
3 FORGET 22
4 GO 21
5 BUY 20
6 GIVE 16
7 BELIEVE 12
8 CUT 12
9 TAKE 12
10 LEAVE 11
11 PLAY 11
12 PUT 11
13 KILL 8
14 LOSE 8
15 RUN 8
16 SPEND 8
17 JUMP 7
18 LIVE 7
19 PAY 7
20 VOTE 7

A Donald Trump supporter says she would sooner vote for Vladimir Putin in an election than Joe Biden.

thelondoneconomic.com

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