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    Red face Usage of "Prefer"

    Hi everbody,

    I prefer to watch tv TO to play football..

    I prefer to watch tv THAN to play football
    I prefer to watch tv RATHER THAN to play football.

    I prefer to watch tv TO play football..
    I prefer to watch tv THAN play football
    I prefer to watch tv RATHER THAN play football.

    I prefer watching tv TO playing football..
    I prefer watching tv THAN playing football
    I prefer watching tv RATHER THAN playing football.

    I prefer to play chess to basketball.
    I prefer to play chess than basketball.
    I prefer to play chess rather than basketball.

    I am very confused about using the word "prefer"..I know that after PREFER , verb can be infinitive or gerund..but how can i use "than" and " rather than" in this situations..and if both is ok is there any difference in meaning?

    another point "would prefer " and only " prefer " have the same grammatical structure with "than" and " rather than"?

    And I saw another sentence structure : " I prefer you read book instead of watching tv." Is it right?
    How can make it negative ?


    ok I know it looks a a bit long question but at least if you write just R /right or W/wrong at end of the every sentence it is enough for me ..
    thanks for your help ( and sorry for grammar mistakes if there is )

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    Re: Usage of "Prefer"

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello, Jamiel:

    You have asked a great question.

    Wow! You are right: in theory, we should say, "I prefer to watch TV to to play basketball." Of course, native

    speakers simply will not accept " to to." It sounds too weird.

    Thus, my books tell me that you have these choices:

    I prefer to watch TV rather than play basketball. (No "to")

    I prefer to watch TV instead of playing basketball.

    I prefer watching TV to playing basketball.

    Credit: Dos, Don'ts & Maybes of English Usage by Theodore M. Bernstein with the assistance of Marylea Meyersohn and Bertram Lippman.

    Modern American Usage by Wilson Follett (edited and completed by Jacques Barzun).

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    Re: Usage of "Prefer"

    thank you for your help

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