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Expressing preference lesson, British Council

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To express preferences in general, we use 'prefer + verb-ing to verb-ing':Brian prefers swimming to sailing.Expressing preferencesTo express preferences on a particular occasion, we use 'prefer to + infinitive'. If we use 'would prefer to + infinitive', we can continue with 'rather than + infinitive' (without to):Brian would prefer to go fishing on Saturday, rather than go shopping with his wife.We can also use 'would rather + infinitive', or 'would sooner + infinitive' (again without to):He'd rather sit by a river and catch fish than carry her heavy shopping bags.

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