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    Question The form of Prefer

    Hello teachers and friends,

    This time, I have a problem with the form of "prefer". I need an explanation.

    Such as: What is the difference between "prefer + gerund" and "prefer + to infinitive"?, etc.

    I would like to recieve a whole look about "prefer".

    By the way, talking about "prefer", I also need your help on "would rather". They have a relationship and hard to distinguish.

    Thank you,
    Dev

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    Re: The form of Prefer

    Quote Originally Posted by devonpham1998 View Post
    Hello teachers and friends,

    This time, I have a problem with the form of "prefer". I need an explanation.

    Such as: What is the difference between "prefer + gerund" and "prefer + to infinitive"?, etc.

    I would like to recieve a whole look about "prefer".

    By the way, talking about "prefer", I also need your help on "would rather". They have a relationship and hard to distinguish.

    Thank you,
    Dev
    ♥♦♣♠ NOT A TEACHER ♥♦♣♠
    As you already know, prefer can be followed either by the -ing form or by the to-infinitive. The difference between the two forms is not that much to talk about, but here's what I can provide you with dealing with the difference:

    Josh prefers watching TV to playing sports outdoors. (in this case, the -ing form emphasizes the activity; the activity is something that the subject takes pleasure in)

    Monica prefers to read a lot before any exams she takes. (in this case, the emphasis is on the results of the activity - it could be better marks, better understanding of a subject etc.; this is more of a preference than enjoyment)

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    Re: The form of Prefer

    Quote Originally Posted by devonpham1998 View Post
    By the way, talking about "prefer", I also need your help on "would rather". They have a relationship and hard to distinguish.

    Thank you,
    Dev
    Yes, they are related, but mean different things.
    Would rather is another form of saying would prefer, which is not the same as prefer. Here, you're talking about a particular situation in which something is preferred, more desirable or more important than something else:
    I'd rather take (= would prefer to take) a bath now - I don't want to eat anything before it. They say it's not healthy to do so.

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