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    prefer to/than?

    Hi, there!

    I understand the verb "prefer" is normally used with "to" instead of "than".

    e.g. Young people tend to prefer part-time jobs to full-time jobs.

    However, I happedned to see a sentence below:

    Young people tend to prefer part-time jobs rather than full-time jobs.

    Can "than" be used with prefer when it's together with "rather"?

    Thank you!

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    Last edited by optimistic pessimist; 08-Dec-2008 at 05:35.

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    Re: prefer to/than?

    Quote Originally Posted by optimistic pessimist View Post
    Hi, there!

    I understand the verb "prefer" is normally used with "to" instead of "than".

    e.g. Young people tend to prefer part-time jobs to full-time jobs.

    However, I happedned to see a sentence below:

    Young people tend to prefer part-time jobs rather than full-time jobs.

    Is "than" can be used with prefer when it's together with "rather"?

    Thank you!

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    rather usually goes with than, it's ok.
    Young people tend to prefer part-time jobs than full-time jobs.
    sometimes, than could simply work well even without rahter.

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    Re: prefer to/than?

    Quote Originally Posted by optimistic pessimist View Post
    Hi, there!

    I understand the verb "prefer" is normally used with "to" instead of "than".

    e.g. Young people tend to prefer part-time jobs to full-time jobs.

    However, I happedned to see a sentence below:

    Young people tend to prefer part-time jobs rather than full-time jobs.

    Can "than" be used with prefer when it's together with "rather"?

    Thank you!

    OP
    I prefer coffee to chocolate.
    I prefer to have coffee than to have chocolate.
    I prefer having coffee than having chocolate.
    I prefer English lessons RATHER than Spanish one.
    Some more sentences for your notice

    not a teacher

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    Re: prefer to/than?

    Quote Originally Posted by moniza View Post
    I prefer coffee to chocolate.
    I prefer to have coffee than to have chocolate.
    I prefer having coffee than having chocolate.
    I prefer English lessons RATHER than Spanish one.
    Some more sentences for your notice

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    Yes, these are all OK.
    Some people would object to:
    "I prefer meat than fish" and insist on "I prefer meat to fish".
    "Prefer ... to" generally sounds better than "prefer ... than".
    If I used "prefer" with "than", I'd use "rather than".

    Individual usage and tolerance of these forms varies, and is in flux.

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