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Omar studying English in Canada writes: I’ve sầu just found this page which is for learning english and I find it amazing & easy to lớn follow. I"d lượt thích to know the difference between preferwould rather.

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I"d rather vị x than bởi vì y I prefer doing x khổng lồ doing y
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Preferwould rather can be used interchangeably. As you indicate, Omar, when we are talking about general preferences, prefer is followed by verb-ing, thus:

I prefer listening to music lớn watching TV. I"d rather listen to lớn music than watch TV.

"d rather

However, when we are talking about specifics, would rather is used as an alternative sầu to lớn would prefer to followed by an infinitive. Would rather is very tienmadaichien.commtháng in spoken English và is often abbreviated khổng lồ "d rather. It is used in this form with all personal pronouns:

I"d / you"d / he"d / she"d / we"d / they"d rather…

Study these examples:

Would you lượt thích to lớn go out for dinner tonight? ~ No, I think I"d rather eat at home page / I"d prefer khổng lồ eat at home. Would you rather drink beer or wine with the curry ~ I"d rather drink beer. What about you? They"d rather have sầu the strawberries by themselves, but I"d prefer to lớn have sầu them with cream.

Note that would rather is followed by a bare infinitive without to, whereas prefer requires to + infinitive. Would rather (but not would prefer to) is also followed by a past tense when we want lớn involve other people in the action, even though it has a present or future meaning. Study the following:

Shall we go out for dinner tonight? ~ No, I"d rather we ate at trang chủ, if you don"t mind. Shall I write lớn Harry & tell him that we"ve sầu sold the car? ~ I"d rather you didn"t. My mother would rather we caught the bus, rather than walk trang chính after the buổi tiệc nhỏ.

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Rather than means instead of và can be used in tienmadaichien.commbination with would prefer towould rather. Study the following và note the intricacies of the verb forms:

Rather than thua precious sleep discussing it now, I think we should go lớn bed & talk about it in the morning. My mother would prefer us khổng lồ gmail each other once a week, rather than spkết thúc half an hour on the phone every night. My mother would rather we emailed each other once a week instead of spending half an hour on the phone every night. In fact, she insists on it. So we"d better do that, I suppose.

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"d better

Note that "d better, which is similar structurally to "d rather, is used to lớn suggest necessary action. In this case however, "d is the abbreviated form of had, not would. Like "d rather, "d better is followed by the bare infinitive sầu without to. Study the following:

We"d better not be late for the Ambasador"s buổi tiệc nhỏ. It would be unforgivable to lớn arrive sầu late. You"d better phone hlặng and tell hyên ổn that you"re not going. They"d better buy me a Christmas present or I shall never forgive sầu them.

chú ý that it is sometimes slightly threatening in tone, as in the last example. Had better is always more urgent than should or ought to & has the same force as I would advise you strongly to…. or We must / we mustn"t….