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    Default Re: I prefer cats _____ dogs

    Quote Originally Posted by stefan_kar View Post
    Which is the best:

    a) than
    b) to
    c) over
    d) all of the above
    e) other
    to!

    'Than' is non-native error and 'over' is slang!

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    The UK Prime Minister, Tony Blair, stated in a written parliamentary
    answer 10 days ago, that that option was preferred over a five-member
    international panel.

    (news.bbc.co.uk)

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    Default Re: I prefer cats _____ dogs

    How about "instead of?"

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    Default Re: I prefer cats _____ dogs

    Quote Originally Posted by stefan_kar View Post
    How about "instead of?"
    No, you're comparing one thing to another. You might like both cats and dogs, but you prefer cats to dogs. It's not an "instead of" situation.
    I'd say "to" is the best answer, but the way the question is worded, and given that "over" is often used, I'm afraid that the expected answer might be "all of the above".

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    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    The UK ex-Prime Minister , Tony Blair, stated in a written parliamentary
    answer 10 days ago, that that option was preferred over a five-member
    international panel.

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    Tony Blair, like, like, like Tony Blair? (just kidding)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    No, you're comparing one thing to another. You might like both cats and dogs, but you prefer cats to dogs. It's not an "instead of" situation.
    I'd say "to" is the best answer, but the way the question is worded, and given that "over" is often used, I'm afraid that the expected answer might be "all of the above".
    Instead of cats, she prefers dogs.

    Is the sentece above fine?

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    I hope you won't mind if I add this:
    Quote Originally Posted by marciobarbalho View Post
    Instead of cats, she prefers dogs.
    or
    To cats, she prefers dogs.
    Are the senteces above fine?

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    Default Re: I prefer cats _____ dogs

    Quote Originally Posted by marciobarbalho View Post
    Instead of cats, she prefers dogs.

    Is the sentece above fine?
    To me it means a different thing. It's OK if "in place of" is meant.
    Preferring dogs to cats means she likes dogs more than cats.
    If she was putting on a show of animal tricks, and cats had been organised to perform, she might prefer dogs instead of cats for the show.
    The "in place of" meaning doesn't exist in "She prefers dogs to cats".
    That's the way I see it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greegorush View Post
    To cats, she prefers dogs.
    No, you won't get away with that.
    Nor would you say
    *Dogs are preferred by her to cats.
    *Dogs, by her, to cats are preferred.
    *She prefers, to cats, dogs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    No, you won't get away with that.
    Nor would you say
    *Dogs are preferred by her to cats.
    *Dogs, by her, to cats are preferred.
    *She prefers, to cats, dogs.

    OK. Thanks!

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