prefer

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/prɪˈf3ːr/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/prɪˈfɝ/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(pri fûr)


Inflections of 'prefer' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
prefers
v 3rd person singular
preferring
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
preferred
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
preferred
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."
WordReference Collins English Usage © 2020
prefer
If you prefer one person or thing to another, you like the first one better.
I prefer art to sports.
She preferred cooking at home to eating in restaurants.
Be careful
Don't use any preposition except to in sentences like these. Don't say, for example ‘I prefer art than sports’.
Prefer is rather formal. In ordinary conversation, you often use expressions such as like...better and would ratherÉ instead. For example, instead of saying ‘I prefer football to tennis’, you can say ‘I like football better than tennis’. Instead of saying ‘I’d prefer an apple', you can say ‘I’d rather have an apple'.
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