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    Re: I prefer cats _____ dogs

    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    The UK Prime Minister, Tony Blair, stated in a written parliamentary
    answer 10 days ago, that that option was preferred over a five-member
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    (news.bbc.co.uk)

    Used passively in that way, perhaps slightly less objectionable, but 'to' would still be the natural choice of an educated native.

    This was not necessarily a scrupulously edited, polished piece of prose: Even BBC presenters err occasionally!

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    Re: I prefer cats _____ dogs

    Quote Originally Posted by philo2009 View Post
    to!

    'Than' is non-native error and 'over' is slang!
    then it is right, it also could be an answer.

    There are many entries of it ('preferred over') on both corpora of English!

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    Re: I prefer cats _____ dogs

    Quote Originally Posted by philo2009 View Post
    Used passively in that way, perhaps slightly less objectionable, but 'to' would still be the natural choice of an educated native.

    This was not necessarily a scrupulously edited, polished piece of prose: Even BBC presenters err occasionally!
    Hello Philo

    Read Clive's and CJ's comment on the matter:
    Prefer to/Prefer over

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    Re: I prefer cats _____ dogs

    Hello stefan_kar

    If there can be only one answer, then it's b):

    a) than <ungrammatical>
    b) to <considered the Standard>
    c) over <yes, but not yet Standard>
    d) all of the above < not possible; a) is wrong>
    e) other < yes, but b) is the correct choice>

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    Re: I prefer cats _____ dogs

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    then it is right, it also could be an answer.

    There are many entries of it ('preferred over') on both corpora of English!
    No, I'm afraid that being slang does not make it 'right' according to any normal acceptation of the term!

    Furthermore, corpora/ Google searches and the like do not necessarily reflect educated native usage and should therefore be used with caution.

    EOC

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    Re: I prefer cats _____ dogs

    Quote Originally Posted by philo2009 View Post
    No, I'm afraid that being slang does not make it 'right' according to any normal acceptation of the term!

    Furthermore, corpora/ Google searches and the like do not necessarily reflect educated native usage and should therefore be used with caution.
    In my opinion, it does, I am referring to both Corpora, it has lots of typos, but 'over', considering such case.... is not a typo, maybe a different way of writing, while you call it slang, others may call it formal, or neutral style.

    As for google, well... I have to agree with you.

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    Re: I prefer cats _____ dogs

    I think that a BE native speaker would nearly alway go for 'to'. But an AE native speaker would tend to use 'over'.

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    Re: I prefer cats _____ dogs

    I'm totally agreed with philo2009, the original question was put as if it'd been taken from a test or Sth, so I don't think "Over" would be an acceptable choice here...We agree that language is what its native speakers say, but unfortunately this is not the case with what with see in lots of formal ESl tests!

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    Re: I prefer cats _____ dogs

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    the original question was put as if it'd been taken from a test or Sth
    I made the question up myself. I was watching a video with cats so I thought how cuter cats are compared to dogs. This is when the original sentence crossed my mind, and then wasn't sure which preposition to use, so I asked here.
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    Re: I prefer cats _____ dogs

    Bully for you!
    However, you could take both forms, as long as you're not taking any test, for which you'd better use "to", just in case...Lots of luck!

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