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EXPRESS PREFERENCE: WOULD RATHER, WOULD PREFER, PREFER

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Transcript of EXPRESS PREFERENCE: WOULD RATHER, WOULD PREFER, PREFER

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EXPRESS PREFERENCE: WOULD RATHER, WOULD PREFER, PREFER
COMBINING MODALS WITH PHRASAL MODALS.
DIFFERENT IN MEANING
" I
prefer living
in the countryside."
( followed by V-ing)

" I
would

prefer to be
told the truth."
( followed by to-infinitive

"
Would
you
rather stay
at the hotel?"
( followed by v-bare)
DIFFERENCE IN FORM
DIFFERENT PREPOSITIONS
PREFER
:
likes, dislikes, what we want.
eg: I prefer going to the beach.
WOULD PREFER, WOULD RATHER
:
more specific.
eg: I would rather go home now.
X will can help you tomorrow.

PASSIVE FORM
Passive form:
MODAL+BE+PAST PARTICIPLE
eg: Tom will be invited to the picnic.


***We use a past tense after would rather when we speak about the actions of other people, even though that action may be in the present or future.
eg: I would rather you didn't talk too much.
-> A modal cannot be immediately followed by the phrasal modals.


***It is sometimes possible for one phrasal modal to follow another phrasal modal.
eg: X isn't going to be able to help you tomorrow.

Past passive form:
MODAL+HAVE BEEN+PAST PARTICIPLE
eg: this letter should have sent last week.
MODALS
" I
prefer
living in the countryside
to
( living in) the city."

" I
would prefer
to be alone
rather than
to be with the wrong person."

" I
would rather
talk to him in person
than
call him on the phone."
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