What are the differences between
Prefer +to inf
There is not a big difference between the two. Both of them can be used interchangeably But:
Originally Posted by Belly T
1. Prefer + infinitive (refers to choice)
For example we have tea and coffee and you say:
I prefer to drink tea.
2. Prefer + gerund (refers to enjoyment) Gerund is based on experience (habitual):
I prefer drinking tea
"Prefer" used this way behave like "like":
I like to drink tea
I like drinking tea. (habitual)
Last edited by Dr. Jamshid Ibrahim; 02-Dec-2006 at 20:02.
Sorry, Jamshid, I don't remember ever seeing to drink tea - usually have tea or just I prefer tea.
It seems to me, if it's a short sentence, the gerund looks better. I'll do some investigation, though.
Drink is OK - and may be slightly preferable since it clarifies what sort of 'tea' is meant (the drink rather than the meal).
Originally Posted by Humble
Yes, you need to know "tea" has got two meanings at least in British English. It can be:
Originally Posted by BobK
1. a drink
2. a meal
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