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    Prefer

    Hi everyone,

    Please help me to identify the usage of PREFER + TO INF. and PREFER + V.ING

    Thank you.

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    Re: Prefer

    Quote Originally Posted by chutanphat View Post
    Hi everyone,

    Please help me to identify the usage of PREFER + TO INF. and PREFER + V.ING

    Thank you.
    Put them into sentences and we'll help you with them.

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    Re: Prefer

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello, Chutanphat:


    You have asked a great question. You may be interested in what a very strict teacher named Wilson Follett said in his book entitled Modern American Usage.

    (1) Mr. Follett said that you always prefer X to Y.

    (a) For example, I prefer print newspapers to online newspapers. (No problem, for "newspaper" is a noun.)

    (2) But if there are two infinitives, then there is a BIG problem:

    I prefer to read print newspapers to to read online newspapers.

    (a) As you can imagine, native speakers refuse to accept this sentence.

    (3) So Mr. Follett says that I have a choice:

    (a) I prefer to read print newspapers instead of reading [gerund] online newspapers.

    (b) I prefer to read print newspapers rather than read [infinitive without "to"] online newspapers.


    HAVE A NICE DAY!

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