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  1. auster
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    I would prefer you not to smoke.
    Is it a wish or a resquest? to a native.

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    Re: would prefer...

    Quote Originally Posted by auster View Post
    I would prefer you not to smoke.
    Is it a wish or a resquest? to a native.
    'I'd rather you didn't smoke' or 'i would prefer you didn't smoke' is a better way of putting it. Im not a native so i wouldn't answer your 'wish or request' question. ( You specifically mentioned you wanted a native speaker to answer that)


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    Re: would prefer...

    Context is the key. Even the tone of voice in speech can effect this.

    "I wish you would not do that" sound like a firm request.

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