prefer , would rather (tercihler)


*Prefer ve would rather kalıplarını tercihlerimizden bahsederken kullanırız.

**Genel olarak hayatta neyi tercih ettiğinizi ifade ederken “prefer“, “would prefer” kalıbı ise genel tercihlerimiz değil, belirli bir durumda neyi tercih ettiğimizi ifade ederken kullanılır.

***would rather” ve “would prefer” kalıpları arasında anlam olarak fark yoktur. Sadece kullanımda yapısal olarak aşağıdaki fark vardır.

Gelin aşağıda kullanımları beraber inceleyelim…


would prefer, would rather

When we speak about a specific preference (our preference now), would rather​ and would
prefer​ have the same meaning and are interchangeable.


Would rather​ can be abbreviated to ‘d rather​.
Would prefer​ can be abbreviated to ‘d prefer​:


● 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.
● . . . I’d rather​ go to the cinema.
● . . . I’d prefer​ to go to the cinema.

Would rather​ is followed by the infinitive without to.​
Would prefer​ is followed by to + infinitive​ or a noun:

● I’d rather have​ fruit juice.
● I’d prefer to have​ fruit juice.
● I’d prefer fruit juice. (noun, no verb)

We say would rather . . . than​.
We say would prefer . . . rather than​ or would prefer . . . instead of​:

● It’s such nice weather – I‘d​ rather​ sit in the garden than​ watch TV.
● It’s such nice weather – I‘d​ prefer​ to sit in the garden rather than​ watch TV.
● It’s such nice weather – I‘d​ prefer​ to sit in the garden instead of ​watching TV.

​prefer, would rather

When we talk about general preferences, we can use prefer​ or would rather​ (but not would
prefer). Prefer​ and would rather ​have the same meaning:


● I prefer​ walking to cycling.
● I would rather​ walk than cycle.


After prefer​ we use the verb in the -ing​ form. After would rather​ we use the infinitive without to​:


● I prefer using​ a keyboard to writing with a pen.
● I’d rather use​ a keyboard than write with a pen. (I’d = I would)


We say prefer . . . to​, but would rather . . . than​:


● I prefer​ walking to​ driving.
● I’d rather​ walk than​ drive


Exercise instructions

Choose the best answer to fill the gap in each of the following:

1. I prefer coffee __________ tea.
a. to          b. than        c. from

2. I don’t fancy the theatre again. I’d rather __________ to the cinema.
a. to          b. go            c. going

3. Although I love relaxing on beaches, I think I prefer __________ in the mountains.
a. walk      b. walking

4. I’d rather speak to him in person __________ things over the phone.
a. than discuss               b. to discussing                   c. to discuss

5. I prefer trains __________ cars.
a. from                       b. than                c. to

6. I’m not a big fan of cars; I prefer __________ by train.
a. travelling                  b. travel

7. If I had a choice I think I’d rather __________________ London.
a. live in Paris than in                     b. live in Paris to                         c. to live in Paris than

8. They’d rather have lunch inside, but I’d prefer ______________ outside in the garden.
a. eat                       b. eating                           c. to eat

 

Key
1. I prefer coffee to​ tea. (a.)
2. I don’t fancy the theatre again. I’d rather go​ to the cinema. (b.)
3. Although I love relaxing on beaches, I think I prefer walking​ in the mountains. (b.)
4. I’d rather speak to him in person than discuss​ things over the phone. (a.)
5. I prefer trains to​ cars. (c.)
6. I’m not a big fan of cars; I prefer travelling​ by train. (a.)
7. If I had a choice I think I’d rather live in Paris than in​ London. (a.)
8. They’d rather have lunch inside, but I’d prefer to eat​ outside in the garden. (c.)