UNIT 32 Preferences: Prefer, Would prefer, Wolud rather 1. Use prefer, would prefer, and would rather to talk about things that you like better than other things. Usage Note: We often use prefer for a general preference and would prefer or would rather for a preference in a particular situation. We usually prefer ltalian food. I’d prefer to have Chinese food tonight. I’d rather cook at home. Which do you prefer-chicken or shrimp? Would you prefer chicken or shrimp tonight? 2. Prefer and would prefer may be followed by a noun, a gerund, or an infinitive. Would rather can be followed by only the base form of the verb. Usage Note: We often use I’d rather not, by itself, to refuse an offer, suggestion, or invitation. Be careful! The negative of I’d rather is I’d rather not. I usually prefer the newspaper. Does Bill prefer reading magazines? He’d prefer to watch TV. I’d rather stay home tonight. A: Would you like to have some dessert? B: I’d rather not. I’ve had enough to eat. I’d rather not have dessert. Not I wouldn’t rather have dessert. 3. A comparison with to may follow prefer/would prefer + gerund. A comparison with to may also follow prefer/would prefer + gerund. A comparison with than may follow would rather + base form of the verb. Lani prefers comedies to action movies. I’d prefer visiting Lani to going to the party. I’d rather watch football than play it.