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    Usage of 'ing'

    In here;

    "Some environmentalist sailors also add that they prefer to lose their jobs and become unemployed rather.....whale species."

    I thought it should be "than killing" but answer is "than kill". I don't understand why?

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    Re: Usage of 'ing'

    The form of "kill" needs to match the form of "lose".

    I prefer to lose than [to] win.
    He prefers to eat than [to] drink.
    The sailors prefer to lose their jobs than [to] kill whales.

    If you want to use "than killing", you have to change the start of the sentence to something like "The sailors prefer having a job ... to killing whales.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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