Expressing preferences using PREFER, WOULD PREFER, and WOULD RATHER

Topic: Expressing preferences using PREFER, WOULD PREFER, and WOULD RATHER.

We can learn in this lesson how to express preferences.
Students sometimes confuse these expression ; prefer, would prefer, would rather.

[Difference in meaning]
We use prefer when we talk about what we like in general.
We use would prefer and would rather when we talk about specific choices in particular situation.

[Difference in Form]
Prefer and would prefer can be followed by Infinitive, Gerund and Noun.
However, would rather is going to take the base Verb.

[Naming our choices]
When we answer using ‘would prefer and would rather’, we have to use different prepositions.
I’d prefer going for a walk to taking a nap.
I’d rather go for a walk than take a nap.

Source : JenniferESL

 

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