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Prefer and Would Rather
You can use "prefer to (do)" or "prefer -ing" to say what you prefer in general:
• I don't like cities. I prefer to live in the country OR I prefer livingin the country.
Study the differences in structure after prefer. We say:
• I prefer this coat to the coat you were wearing yesterday.
Would prefer (I'd prefer...)
We use "would prefer" to say what somebody wants in a particular situation (not in general):
• "Would you prefer tea or coffee" "Coffee, please."
We say "would prefer to do" (not "doing"):
• "Shall we go by train?" "Well, I'd prefer to go by car. (not "I'd prefer going")
Would rather (I'd rather...)
Would rather (do) = would prefer (to do). After would rather we use the infinitive without to.
• "Would you rather have tea or coffee" "Coffee, please."
The negative is "I'd rather not (do something)":
Study the structure after would rather:
• I'd rather stay at home tonight than go to the cinema.
I'd rather you did something
When you want somebody to do something, you can say "I'd rather you did something":
• "Shall I stay here?" "I'd rather you came with us."
In this structure we use the past (came, did etc.), but the meaning is present or future, not past.
• I'd rather cook the dinner now.
but • I'd rather you cooked the dinner now. (not "I'd rather you cook")
The negative is "I'd rather you didn't...":
|Category: Problem Points | Added by: Teacher_Koce (2014-04-26)|
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