- For Teachers
As far as i know these are the rules (speaking of preferences):
i prefer drinkING (ing-termination) (prefer + ing)
i would prefer TO see him in person (infinitive) (would+prefer+infinitive)
IŽd prefer liv(ing) in a city to liv(ing) in the country...
thank you!!! : D
In many (but not all) cases, the gerund form (-ing form) or the infinitive from (to form) can be used interchangeably with no or little change in meaning.
I prefer to drink
I prefer drinking.
I prefer seeing him in person.
I prefer to see him in person.
In many cases the only difference is subtle, with the gerund form being more real or tangible and the infinitive form being more hypothetical or supposed.
Pope of the Dictionary.com Forum