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    meaning of 'preference against'

    Hi,

    Could you please let me know what the phrase 'preference against' mean? Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: meaning of 'preference against'

    Please give us the sentence in which you saw these words - and some context.
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    #3

    Re: meaning of 'preference against'

    John had a preference against using Michael's statistical model of the problem.

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    #4

    Re: meaning of 'preference against'

    John preferred not to use Michael's statistical model of the problem.

    Where did you see this sentence?

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    #5

    Re: meaning of 'preference against'

    I wouldn't use preference against.
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    #6

    Re: meaning of 'preference against'

    I can't remember ever having seen or heard preference against.

    Please tell us where you saw it, Jackson.

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    #7

    Re: meaning of 'preference against'

    I have only seen preference for, never preference against.
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    #8

    Re: meaning of 'preference against'

    I searched the Corpus of Contemporary American English and it only had three examples, so it's not a phrase in regular use, Google NGrams graph shows the same.

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    #9

    Re: meaning of 'preference against'

    I've never seen/heard it either and it wouldn't be logical anyway. "prefer" means "to like something more than the alternative". Consequently, it can be used in both positive and negative senses, but not with "against".

    I would prefer to go to the beach than [go] [to] the park.
    I would prefer not to go to the park.

    Between the beach and the park, I have a preference for the beach.
    Between the beach and the park, I have a preference against the park.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 09-Apr-2020 at 07:52. Reason: Fixed typo
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #10

    Re: meaning of 'preference against'

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    John preferred not to use Michael's statistical model of the problem.

    Where did you see this sentence?
    I'm sorry for the late reply. I did see a similar sentence with phrase 'preference against' but cannot remember where. I just made up the example sentence above. Thanks

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