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    to prefer

    Hi!

    "I prefer the sea to the mountain."

    "I prefer sea than mountain."

    Please, could you tell me which form is correct?

    Thank you!

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    Re: to prefer

    "I prefer the sea to the mountains."

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    Re: to prefer

    Why don't I use than..?

    Can I also say:"I prefer beach to mountains holiday"?

    Thank you very much
    Last edited by lady_bird13; 09-Jun-2011 at 22:51.

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    Re: to prefer

    Quote Originally Posted by lady_bird13 View Post
    Why don't I use than..?
    We prefer one thing to another.
    We like one thing better than another.
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    Re: to prefer

    Quote Originally Posted by lady_bird13 View Post
    Why don't I use than..?

    Can I also say:"I prefer beach to mountains holiday"?

    Thank you very much
    "Than" is used in comparative sentences: ...er...than..., or ...more...than...; it should not be used after the verb "prefer."

    "I prefer the beach to the mountains for my holidays."

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    Re: to prefer

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    "I prefer the sea to the mountains."
    I would say "I prefer the sea to the mountains."

    Mountains usually congregate together, at least where I am from. I would go to a resort in "the mountains."

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    Re: to prefer

    Quote Originally Posted by maoyueh View Post
    "Than" is used in comparative sentences: ...er...than..., or ...more...than...; it should not be used after the verb "prefer."

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    True except when comparing two infinitives, e.g.

    I prefer to swim in the sea than to climb a mountain.

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    Re: to prefer

    Quote Originally Posted by philo2009 View Post
    True except when comparing two infinitives, e.g.

    I prefer to swim in the sea than to climb a mountain.

    Would it be more formal to say "I prefer to swim in the sea rather than climb a mountain?"

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    Re: to prefer

    Quote Originally Posted by maoyueh View Post
    Would it be more formal to say "I prefer to swim in the sea rather than climb a mountain?"
    Not really, just tautologous, since the meaning of 'rather' is already naturally included in the verb 'prefer'.

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