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    prefer+gerund, prefer +to+infinitive

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be so kind to tell me which of the following sentences is right and which is wrong.

    1. I would prefer to eat at home rather than go to a restaurant.
    2. I would prefer eating at home to going to a restaurant.
    3. I prefer driving to walking.
    4. I prefer to drive rather than walking.
    5. I prefer to drive rather than walk.

    I think there is impossible to find a reason for the use of a given form: gerund or infinitive.

    Thank you in advance for your efforts.

    Regards.

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    Re: prefer+gerund, prefer +to+infinitive

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be so kind to tell me which of the following sentences is right and which is wrong.

    1. I would prefer to eat at home rather than go to a restaurant.
    2. I would prefer eating at home to going to a restaurant.
    3. I prefer driving to walking.
    4. I prefer to drive rather than walking.
    5. I prefer to drive rather than walk.

    I think there is impossible to find a reason for the use of a given form: gerund or infinitive.

    Thank you in advance for your efforts.

    Regards.

    V.
    All are correct. "Prefer" is one of those verbs that take both a gerund and an infinitive.


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    Re: prefer+gerund, prefer +to+infinitive

    #4 is incorrect. It should be, I prefer to drive rather than walk. A native speaker would be more likely to put it, I prefer to drive (to school) than walk (there). Else, it might be, I prefer driving to walking.

    Are you then asking, when each of the forms might be used rather than one of the other ways of expressing the same idea?


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    Re: prefer+gerund, prefer +to+infinitive

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    #4 is incorrect. It should be, I prefer to drive rather than walk. A native speaker would be more likely to put it, I prefer to drive (to school) than walk (there). Else, it might be, I prefer driving to walking.

    Are you then asking, when each of the forms might be used rather than one of the other ways of expressing the same idea?
    I agree grammatically this may wrong due to lack of parallelism.

    I prefer to drive rather than (to) walk.

    But in speaking English I have certainly heard it said, I prefer to drive rather than walking.

    Also the gerund form of walk can replace the infinitive form and fill the same function in the sentence.

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    Re: prefer+gerund, prefer +to+infinitive

    Hi Naamplao,

    Thank you for your affirmative reply.

    Regards.

    V.

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    Re: prefer+gerund, prefer +to+infinitive

    Hi David L.

    Thank you for sharing your private opinion concerning the examples in my original post. I would manifest my humble opinion.

    It is most likely that you have been forgotten the following rule in the English Grammar.

    It is sometimes possible to find a reason for the use of a given form. With some verbs and word-groups, such as to be afraid, to forget, to hate,to like, to dislike, to prefer the infinitive is mostly used with reference to a special occasion, the gerund being more appropriate to a general statement.

    You demonstrated the truth of this assertion with your lovely examples:

    "I prefer to drive (to school) than walk. (there). (this is a special occasion)

    "I prefer driving to walking. (this is a general statement)

    Thank you for your attention.

    Regards.

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    Re: prefer+gerund, prefer +to+infinitive

    Hi Naamplao,

    Thank you for your perseverance and consistency.

    I hope, you have grasped the meaning of my original post. I gave a gentle hint concerning the universality of the English language.

    Thank you for your empathy.

    Regards.

    V.


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    Re: prefer+gerund, prefer +to+infinitive

    hello everyone
    i ve got a question on the topic.
    i know the common structures of prefer+gerund or infinitive but what about prefer+bare infinitive??
    can anybody help me?
    i am teaching in an ECPE class and i encountered in a test book tis structure.
    in fact it was a m.c.q.

    "do you want us to travel by bus?"
    "no,i prefer you.............by train"
    a.traveling
    b.travel
    c.to travel
    d.will travel

    the anwer given as correct is b.

    PLEASE!!!can anyone help me so that i can help my students?it is really important fon me to know.it would be great if anyone could tell me which are all the possible uses of "prefer".
    i m really looking forward to your replies

    thank you in advance


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    Re: prefer+gerund, prefer +to+infinitive

    Quote Originally Posted by ololol View Post
    hello everyone
    i ve got a question on the topic.
    i know the common structures of prefer+gerund or infinitive but what about prefer+bare infinitive??
    can anybody help me?
    i am teaching in an ECPE class and i encountered in a test book tis structure.
    in fact it was a m.c.q.

    "do you want us to travel by bus?"
    "no,i prefer you.............by train"
    a.traveling
    b.travel
    c.to travel
    d.will travel

    the anwer given as correct is b.

    PLEASE!!!can anyone help me so that i can help my students?it is really important fon me to know.it would be great if anyone could tell me which are all the possible uses of "prefer".
    i m really looking forward to your replies

    thank you in advance

    Here are some ways to use "prefer":

    1) subject + prefer + to infinitive [+ any other things like preposition, objects, etc] {+ [rather] than + [to] infinitive [+ any other things like preposition, objects, etc]}.
    2) subject + prefer + gerund [+ any other things like preposition, objects, etc] {+ to + gerund [+ any other things like preposition, objects, etc]}.
    3) subject + prefer + object {+ to + object}.
    4) subject + prefer [+ that] + full clause.

    Note: You may delete the stuff inside "[ ]" and "{ }", depending on the situation.

    In your example, "I prefer you.............by train" follows rule 4 and, thus, b is the answer.

    Hope the above helps. Please kindly correct me is I have made any mistakes.
    Last edited by C.Cal.; 09-May-2009 at 11:33.


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    Re: prefer+gerund, prefer +to+infinitive

    Quote Originally Posted by C.Cal. View Post
    Here are some ways to use "prefer":

    1) subject + prefer + to infinitive [+ any other things like preposition, objects, etc] {+ [rather] than + [to] infinitive [+ any other things like preposition, objects, etc]}.
    2) subject + prefer + gerund [+ any other things like preposition, objects, etc] {+ to + gerund [+ any other things like preposition, objects, etc]}.
    3) subject + prefer + object {+ to + object}.
    4) subject + prefer [+ that] + full clause.

    Note: You may delete the stuff inside "[ ]" and "{ }", depending on the situation.

    In your example, "I prefer you.............by train" follows rule 4 and, thus, b is the answer.

    Hope the above helps. Please kindly correct me is I have made any mistakes.
    Is the "is" a typo for "if"?

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