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Fuente, fuente 2

Rather and prefer

Rather and Prefer are words used to show a choice from different options.

The lesson below shows you how to use rather and prefer.

Start with some examples:

Would you rather eat pizza or pasta?
I would rather eat pizza.

Would you prefer to eat pizza or pasta?
I would prefer to eat pizza.


Would rather vs. would prefer - to express a specific preference
When we speak about a specific preference,would rather and would prefer have the same meaning and are interchangeable.We went to the theatre yesterday. Today I would rather go to the cinema.
We went to the theatre yesterday. Today I would prefer to go to the cinema.
Would rather can be abbreviated to 'd rather.
Would prefer can be abbreviated to 'd prefer.
I'd rather go to the cinema today.
I'd prefer to go to the cinema today.
Would rather is followed by the bare infinitive.
Would prefer is followed by to + infinitive.
I'd rather have water.
I'd prefer to have fruit juice.
We use a past tense after would rather when we speak about the actions of other people, even though that action may be in the present or future.I'd rather you took a taxi than walk - it's not safe on the streets at night. 
The film is quite violent. I'd rather our children didn't watch it.
When making a comparison we say:
would rather ... than
It's such nice weather - I'd rather sit in the garden than watch TV.
After would prefer we say:
would prefer ... rather than 
It's such nice weather - I'd prefer to sit in the garden rather than watch TV.

Prefer vs. would rather - to express a general preference
When we talk about general preferences we can use prefer or would rather. The meaning is the same.prefer walking to cycling.
I'd rather walk than cycle.
After prefer we use the verb in its ing form.
After would rather we use than.
prefer using a keyboard to writing with a pen.I'd rather use a keyboard than write with a pen.


Take a look at this conversation to see some examples of would rather and would prefer:

Alex:Would you rather stay home and cook dinner or go out?

Betty: I'd rather go out. I am pretty tired today, so I don't want to cook. What about you? Would you rather stay in or go out?
Alex: I would prefer to stay in, but we can go out if you would like.
Betty: That would be nice. What type of restaurant would you like to go to?
Alex: I'd prefer to go somewhere quiet
Betty: Really? Not me. I would rather go somewhere fun, maybe  even with some live music.
Alex: But I thought you were tired?Betty: I am, but not too tired to have some fun.
Alex: Well, I'd prefer not to, but…..OK.


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