Could I have some pasta instead? vs. Could I rather have some pasta?

Hi,

Help yourselves to salad. Could I have some pasta instead? Would it be correct to say “Could I rather have some pasta?”?

Many thanks in advance. Cheerio

‘Rather’ in this sort of context as a question is used when referring to a second/third person and wouldn’t work when you refer to yourself. An alternative to the question: Could I have some pasta instead? could be: Could I in preference have pasta instead? That does sound a bit stilted. I think it would be preferable to say: I’d rather, if asked, have some pasta.

Alan

Hi Alan,

Thank you so much.