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    would prefer

    Teacher, is this sentence OK?

    She can attend the pilates class next Friday. She would prefer that it be held in the morning.

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    Re: would prefer

    The "would prefer" part is okay. But if you say "the" class, it suggests there is only one on Friday. Unless she is the person who makes the schedule, I'm not sure what her preferences have to do with it.

    She wants to fly to Dallas on Friday. She would prefer a flight in the morning. (One of several flights to Dallas that day.)
    That's very kind of you to make me a birthday cake. If it's okay, I'd prefer [that] it be chocolate.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: would prefer

    It is possible that time of the class has not yet been determined.

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    Re: would prefer

    Hence the "unless she gets to make the schedule" comment. Her preference determines when the class is held.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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