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    What are the differences between
    Prefer +to inf
    Prefer+gerund?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Belly T View Post
    What are the differences between
    Prefer +to inf
    Prefer+gerund?
    There is not a big difference between the two. Both of them can be used interchangeably But:

    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)
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    Hi,
    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.

    Regards

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    Quote Originally Posted by Humble View Post
    Hi,
    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.

    Regards
    Drink is OK - and may be slightly preferable since it clarifies what sort of 'tea' is meant (the drink rather than the meal).

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Drink is OK - and may be slightly preferable since it clarifies what sort of 'tea' is meant (the drink rather than the meal).
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    Yes, you need to know "tea" has got two meanings at least in British English. It can be:
    1. a drink
    2. a meal

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Jamshid Ibrahim View Post
    Yes, you need to know "tea" has got two meanings at least in British English. It can be:
    1. a drink
    2. a meal
    And the meal itself can be different sorts of meal in different contexts.

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