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    (again) preference: rather vs prefer

    dear, teacher

    few days ago i learnt about preference, and i was bit confused about it ( since preference has been discussed in this forum, however i like to ask again)

    # can i say : i'd prefer to eat some rice better than bread, instead of i'd prefer to eat some rice rather than bread.

    thanks...

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    #2

    Re: (again) preference: rather vs prefer

    I prefer eating some rice to eating bread.
    I'd rather eat some rice than eat bread.


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    Re: (again) preference: rather vs prefer

    well..thanks for the replay anyway. however, i should ask about it once again since i read in Murphy that : i would rather (do)..than.. = i would prefer (to do) rather than

    so...please explain about this please....

    thank you...

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    Re: (again) preference: rather vs prefer

    I’m not a teacher.

    Hi caratega_girls,

    Here are a few words concerning the matter in question.

    rather (adv) = more readily; preferably: I'd rather go to the movies.

    prefer (v) = would rather, had rather, would sooner, incline towards, go for

    She would rather you stayed home than go out in this blizzard.
    She would rather you did your homework than watched TV.
    I had rather work with William than work for him.

    But on the other hand “rather” = sooner …, more exactly

    I prefer to walk rather than to ride.
    I prefer walking rather than riding.
    I prefer walking to riding.
    I prefer to walk rather than to ride.
    I prefer not to ride.

    Regards,

    V.

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    Re: (again) preference: rather vs prefer

    oh... well..thanks for the answer Vill

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    Re: (again) preference: rather vs prefer

    I was told that "I had rather/I would rather" should be used to express a temporary preference, while "prefer" expresses a permanent one.

    Is it true?

    For example:

    "I prefer to visit Paris to Abc. However, considering the weather condition is Paris right now, I'd rather visit Abc.".

    Just a student.

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    Re: (again) preference: rather vs prefer

    That's an interesting question and I can't say I have thought about that before.

    I would say that "I would rather" refers to a decision you have in front of you right now, while "I prefer" could apply to either a decision right now or a general situation.

    Do you want to see Star Trek or the Hanna Montana Movie?
    1. I would much rather see Star Trek.
    2. I would greatly prefer to see Star Trek.
    3. In general, I prefer science fiction movies, so let' see Star Trek

    But "In general, I would rather see a science fiction movie" seems a bit less likely than #3.

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    Re: (again) preference: rather vs prefer

    prefer is used when u want to say something in general and would rather/ prefer is more specific.

    (hopefully it's correct)

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