One-Point English Lesson: Talking About Preferences

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Would you prefer tea or coffee?

When you want to state your preferences, you can use like better, prefer, and would rather. Let’s have a look at these three expressions today.

You can express a preference with this structure: like [something 1] better than [something 2]. In this case something can be a noun or a gerund (verbING)

  • I like jazz better than classical music.
  • Jack said he likes traveling for work better than staying in the office all the time.
  • Do you like coffee better than tea?

You can also express a preference using prefer [something 1] to [something 2]. In this case too, something can be a noun or a gerund (verbING)

  • I prefer jazz to classical music.
  • Jack said he prefers traveling for work to staying in the office all the time.
  • Do you prefer coffee to tea?

Finally, you can also express a preference using would rather [verb] than ~ When you use this structure, the verb is always in the base form. In a question, we usually use would rather + or when asking about preferences.

  • I would rather listen to jazz than classical music.
  • Jack said he would rather travel for work than stay in the office all the time.
  • Would you rather drink coffee or tea?

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