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    would prefer

    1. I would prefer you to be familiar with it.
    2. I would prefer you were familiar with it.
    Is the second one correct?

    1. I would prefer you to help him.
    2. I would prefer you help him.
    3. I would prefer you helped him.
    The third one sounds odd. Is it grammatically correct? I've googled it and I received only 2 search results.
    Thanks.

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    Re: would prefer

    In fact all three constructions may be encountered: #3 is arguably the least common and tends to be restricted to BrE. AmE spakers will tend to prefer #2.

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    Re: would prefer

    I don't think "I would prefer you were familiar with it" sounds very natural.

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    Re: would prefer

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    I don't think "I would prefer you were familiar with it" sounds very natural.
    I would say this:
    "I would prefer that you were familiar with it"

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