Preference and lack of preference
If something is (or has been) mentioned as alternative ( for comparison), preference nay be expressed by:
I prefer...- formal, semi-formal style
eg a. I prefer tea to coffee.
b. - Do you like travelling by train?
- Not very much. I prefer air travel on the whole. It’s so much quicker.
If there is no specific comparison, like best/ favourite should be used.
Eg - Which English poets do you like best?
- I enjoy reading all romantic poets but Keats is my favourite.
I like...better - non-formal
Eg - You’ve had your hair done differently, haven’t you?
- Yes, I wanted a new style.
- I like it better that way.
I’d rather... - non-formal. With have this may be used of general preferences.
Eg a. -Shall we go shopping this morning?
- I’d really rather leave it till tomorrow if you don’t mind.
b. - Would you like tea or coffee?
- Well, I ‘d rather have tea if it’s not much trouble. Coffee keeps me awake.
I’d prefer - formal, semi-formal
B. Lack of preference
I like them both/ all.
I haven’t got any particular preference.
I can’t say I prefer any/ one particular..( eg book)
They both/all have ( certain ) advantages/ advantages and disadvantages.
Eg - Where do you like to go for your holiday?
- It depends how much money I’ve got.
In reply to an offer or suggestion the following forms are used:
I leave it/ that to you ( to decide).
It’s up to you (to decide).
It’s all the same to me. - This may sound indifferent and not very polite
It makes no difference to me. - //I don’t mind.
Eg - Which programme would you like to watch?
- I don’t mind. Whichever you like.
I’m easy. - informal
RUTH: Do you like watching TV?
MIKE: Not very much. I prefer live entertainment. I often go to the theatres, and to concerts.
R: I see. What sort of music do you like best?
M: Classical music, especially 19th century composers.
R: And who is your favourite composer?
M: Well, I can’t say I’ve got any favourite composer, I like Beethoven very much, and Brahms, and Tchaikovsky.
R: You don’t like modern composers, then?
M: Yes, I quite like some of them but I prefer more traditional music on the whole.
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