[never progressive] to like or want someone or something more than someone or something else
Which do you prefer, the red or the blue one?
much prefer someone/something: I much prefer your hair like that.
prefer someone/something to someone/something: Even today, most Americans prefer coffee to tea.
prefer to do something: Do you prefer to exercise indoors or out of doors?
prefer doing something: I prefer working on my own.
prefer someone to do something: I’d prefer you to drive, if you don’t mind.
prefer something (to be) something: I prefer my curry a little spicier.
would prefer (that): I’d prefer that the job were a little closer to my home.
someone would prefer it if: The doctor would prefer it if you could come a little earlier.
something is to be preferred to something: The original is definitely to be preferred to this inferior new version.
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