Expressing preference is used to express preference or option about something people like.
The sentence patterns, are :
a) S + like + noun + better than + noun
Example : my father likes peanut better than chocolate
S + like + Ving + better than + Ving
Example : I like selling cake better than making cake
b) S + prefer + noun + to + noun
Example : Rudy prefers apple to grapes
c) S + prefer + Ving + to + Ving
Example : Rudy prefers swimming to playing football
d) S + would rather + V1 + than + V1
Example : wenny would rather leave early than wait for him
e) S + would prefer to + V1 + rather than + V1
Example : I would prefer to go shopping rather than stay at home
- Would you prefer … to infinitive … (or infinitive)?
- Would you rather … infinitive… (or infinitive)?
- Would you like to … infinitive… (or infinitive)?
- Do you prefer …Gerund/Noun or Gerund/Noun…?
- What would you rather do: … Infinitive or Infinitive…?
- Do you like … Noun or Gerund … better/ more than … Noun or Gerund?
- I’d prefer … to infinitive ….
- I prefer … Noun or Gerund …
- I’d rather … Infinitive … (than Infinitive).
- I like … Nounor Gerund … better than … Noun or Gerund ….
- I like both.
- I don’t like either of them.
- Neither. I prefer … to infinitive
2. Example of conversation showing expressing preference
Waiter : What would you like to order, madam?
Woman : I’d like to have a salad,please.
Waiter : Would you prefer vegetable salad or fruit salad?
Woman : I prefer vegetable salad to fruit salad, please.
Waiter : Certainly. What would you like to drink? Ice tea perhaps?
Woman : I’d rather have lemon tea without ice at this time of the day.