rather & Prefer
Prefer and would rather are
both used for expressing our preference or choice between different
options. They have
the same meaning, but their grammar forms and rules are different from each
My father would rather drink tea than (drink) coffee.
My father prefers drinking tea to (drinking) coffee.
My father prefers to drink tea rather than (drink) coffee.
She'd rather buy a gold ring than a silver ring.
She prefers buying a gold ring to a silver ring.
She prefers to buy a gold ring rather than a silver ring.
I'd rather watch a match than go to the cinema.
I prefer watching a match to going to the cinema.
I prefer to watch a match rather than go to the cinema.
does not take a noun
Prefer can be used with a noun.
He would rather
have a house in the town. (he would rather a house.)
I'd prefer a house
in the town.
When we want somebody else to do
pronoun with prefer (me, him, them...)
not to smoke
said she'd prefer us to
arrive no later than nine o'clock.
use subject with would rather (I, you, we...)
I'd rather he
she'd rather we
arrived no later than nine o'clock.
have stayed at home rather than have
(gone) out last night.
stayed at home than (have) gone out last night.