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    Exclamation About Prefer!!!

    I have been taking an English course for two months.. while i was doing exercise i looked at a sentence. here it is: He likes playing football, but I prefer reading books. I like going out to parties but he perefers to stay at home..

    what is the difference between 'prefer reading book' and 'prefer to stay'. why not prefer staying?

    thnx

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    Re: About Prefer!!!

    there's no diffrence between them, that was a rule.. wait for another answer from a teacher.

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    Re: About Prefer!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Arda View Post
    I have been taking an English course for two months.. while i was doing exercise i looked at a sentence. here it is: He likes playing football, but I prefer reading books. I like going out to parties but he perefers to stay at home..

    what is the difference between 'prefer reading book' and 'prefer to stay'. why not prefer staying?

    thnx
    There's no semantic difference in this case. I believe that the exercise is simply giving you two equally correct ways of saying this.


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    Re: About Prefer!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    There's no semantic difference in this case. I believe that the exercise is simply giving you two equally correct ways of saying this.
    thnx;)


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    Re: About Prefer!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Arda View Post
    I have been taking an English course for two months.. while i was doing exercise i looked at a sentence. here it is: He likes playing football, but I prefer reading books. I like going out to parties but he perefers to stay at home..

    what is the difference between 'prefer reading a book' and 'prefer to stay'. why not prefer staying?

    thnx
    It can also be "prefer staying". Some verbs are followed by "to + verb" and some verbs are followed by "verb-ing".

    Some verbs can be followed by both the "to" infinitive or the ing form of a verb, in this case, also known as a gerund. There might be more verbs on this list, but here's what I remember for now. I think these are the most common ones, anyway. Here they are:

    like
    love
    hate
    begin
    start
    continue
    prefer


    These verbs are also followed by "to + verb" or the ing form, "verb-ing", but the meaning of the sentence changes depending on which one you use: "to + verb" or "verb-ing". This requires more explaining, and I would start another thread for this. Here are the verbs:

    remember
    forget
    try
    regret
    Last edited by PROESL; 22-Aug-2009 at 23:45. Reason: spelling error typo


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    Re: About Prefer!!!

    i got it thank you very muchh

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