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    I prefer /I would prefer

    What is wrong in the following sentence? :
    I prefer not to go to work in a factory except when they make chocolate.
    The teacher in school corrected the sentence in I would prefer not to go to work in a factory except when they make chocolate.
    It is my opninion that both sentences are correct English.

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    Re: I prefer /I would prefer

    *not a teacher*

    We use Present Simple for habits, routines, likes and dislikes, permanent states and things that are always true.
    I prefer tea to coffee - this is a fact/real condition, I do really like tea more than coffee.
    She prefers to work in the evenings - again, this is a fact.

    The sentence "I prefer not to go to work in a factory..." implies the situation is real - that's where the problem is.
    The structure "I'd prefer..." is used to express current, general or future preferece; the condition here is unreal.
    That's the way I see it.

    *not a teacher*

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