Expressing Likes and Preferences

(would rather, like, prefer)

 

A.There is more than one way to express your likes and preferences.You already learned would rather.Study like and prefer in the chart below.

 

 

Examples

Construction

I would rather work inside than (work) outside.

I would rather get paid hourly than be on salary.

 

would rather + base verb

(Note: would rather is used with than)

I like to work outside.

I like working outside.

 

I prefer getting paid hourly.

I prefer to get paid hourly.

 

I prefer working inside to (working) outside.

I prefer getting paid hourly to being on salary.

 

like + gerund or infinitive

 

prefer + gerund or infinitive

 

 

 

(Note: When two things are compared using prefer, to should be used.)

(Note: If the same verb is used in both phrases, it doesnít need to be repeated.)

 

 

B. Write sentences about your preferences, using like or donít like.

 

1. work inside††††††† ___________________________________________________

2. work outside††††† ___________________________________________________

3. get paid hourly†† ___________________________________________________

4. be on salary†††††† ___________________________________________________

5. work nights††††††† ___________________________________________________

6. work days†††††††††††††††††† ___________________________________________________

7. work at home†††† ___________________________________________________

8. use a machine††† ___________________________________________________

9. type†††††††††††††††††† ___________________________________________________

10. write reports††† ___________________________________________________


C.Write sentences about each of the following groups of phrases, using prefer or would rather.

 

1. work inside / work outside

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2. get paid hourly / be on salary

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3. work nights / work days

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4. work overtime / spend time with (my) family

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5. work with my hands / work with machines

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6. work with other people / work alone

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7. use a computer / write by hand

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D.Answer each of the following questions with a complete sentence.

1. Do you like to work in the morning or the evenings?

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2. Do you prefer to have a male or a female manager?

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3. Would you rather work in an office or a factory?

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4. Would you rather drive to work or walk to work?

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5. Would you rather work for a big company or a small company?

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6. Do you want to retire at 65 or 70?

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7. Would you rather work full-time or part-time?

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8. Would you rather own your own business or work for someone else?

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