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    #1

    prefer going to and prefer to go to

    How on earth can I correclty answer the following questions?

    What's the difference between prefer going to and prefer to go to?

    When should I use each of them?

    Also

    Is there a simple answer to the following question?

    What parts of grammar can follow after:-

    I would like to ...

    So far I have thought of the verb infinitive, some conjunctions, adverbs but are there a lot more or is the question too vague?

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    #2

    Re: prefer going to and prefer to go to

    prefer going to... noun
    prefer to go to... verb

    I am not able to answer your 2nd question.

    not a teacher

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    #3

    Re: prefer going to and prefer to go to

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    prefer to go to... verb
    Why so?

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    #4

    Re: prefer going to and prefer to go to

    Hello,

    That website was realy helpful when I was looking for explanation.

    gerund or infinite

    Cheers.

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    Re: prefer going to and prefer to go to

    Quote Originally Posted by Anne59 View Post
    How on earth can I correclty answer the following questions?

    What's the difference between prefer going to and prefer to go to?

    When should I use each of them?
    Hi Anne

    I'd say the gerund is typically used to refer to an activity in general, and the infinitive typically refers to a more specific instance of the activity:

    Gerund:
    Q: Which of these do you usually prefer: going to the movies or watching TV
    A: Most of the time I prefer watching TV. Going to the movies is too expensive to do every day.

    Infinitive:
    Q: Let's go out tonight. How about a movie?
    A: I (would) prefer to stay in tonight. Why don't we just rent a video?


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    Re: prefer going to and prefer to go to

    Jaskin:

    Excellent site - best explanation I've seen of this!

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