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    #1

    I definitely prefer the heat over the cold/coldness.

    Can you say:

    I definitely prefer the heat over the cold/coldness.

    Are both okay here?

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    #2

    Re: I definitely prefer the heat over the cold/coldness.

    Use "cold".

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    #3

    Re: I definitely prefer the heat over the cold/coldness.

    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    Use "cold".
    Yes, but is coldness wrong here?

    I think it's grammatically correct. But, I guess, a native wouldn't say it?

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    #4

    Re: I definitely prefer the heat over the cold/coldness.

    It's not wrong but it is less natural.

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    Re: I definitely prefer the heat over the cold/coldness.

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    It's not wrong but it is less natural.
    Would you hear a native speaker say something like that?

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    #6

    Re: I definitely prefer the heat over the cold/coldness.

    You might hear a native say it.

    I prefer heat to cold.
    I prefer hot weather to cold.
    I prefer the heat to the cold.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: I definitely prefer the heat over the cold/coldness.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    You might hear a native say it.

    I prefer heat to cold.
    I prefer hot weather to cold.
    I prefer the heat to the cold.
    How about:

    I prefer the heat over the coldness of Alaska.

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    #8

    Re: I definitely prefer the heat over the cold/coldness.

    Quote Originally Posted by Batman45 View Post
    How about:
    I prefer the heat over the coldness of Alaska.
    You seem very reluctant to believe people when they say something is not good English!
    We often use parallel terms, such as 'the heat' and 'the cold'.
    Why aren't you suggesting, "I prefer the hotness over the coldness"? (No, I don't recommend that. Can you say it? - of course!).

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    Re: I definitely prefer the heat over the cold/coldness.

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    You seem very reluctant to believe people when they say something is not good English!
    We often use parallel terms, such as 'the heat' and 'the cold'.
    Why aren't you suggesting, "I prefer the hotness over the coldness"? (No, I don't recommend that. Can you say it? - of course!).
    Yes, I understand. Thank you!

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