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Can i say,

(a) The customers prefer to buy his fish than others.

(b) She prefers reading to / than writing.
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a) The customers prefer to buy his fish than others. This doesn't work as there is no comparison here. What do you mean by 'others'. Also, customers is plural so you need 'their' not 'his'.

(b) She prefers reading to writing
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If I change to like this:

(a) The customers prefer to buy fish from Susan than / to other stalls.
Vincent TeoIf I change to like this:

(a) The customers prefer to buy fish from Susan than / to other stalls.
The customers would rather buy fish from Susan's stall than other stalls.
The customers prefer to buy fish from Susan's stall rather than other stalls.
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Vincent Teo(a) The customers prefer to buy fish from Susan than / to other stalls.

The customers would rather buy fish from Susan's stall than other stalls.
The customers prefer to buy fish from Susan's stall rather than other stalls.
Is that any rules

(a) "prefer to ... rather than" (must put "than"?),

(b) would rather + base word... than (but not "rather than'?)

My sentence (a) above is consider wrong? shall I know the reason?
Vincent Teo
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Vincent Teo(a) The customers prefer to buy fish from Susan than / to other stalls.
The customers would rather buy fish from Susan's stall than other stalls.
The customers prefer to buy fish from Susan's stall rather than other stalls.
Is that any rules

(a) "prefer to ... rather than" (must put "than"?), Yes.

(b) would rather + base word... than (but not "rather than'?) Yes.

The customers prefer to buy fish from Susan than / to other stalls.? shall May I know the reason?

It should be "The customers prefer buying fish from Susan's stall to other stalls." (prefer to buy ... to is incorrect)

Shall I know the rules and examples?

As you say, "prefer to ..to " is incorrect, but "prefer to..."is correct. Why?
Vincent TeoShall I know the rules and examples?

As you saying, "prefer to ..to " is incorrect, but "prefer to..."is correct. Why?
1. He prefers to play to study. (incorrect)
2. He prefers to play rather than study. (ok)
3. He would rather play than study. (ok)

I believe you'll agree that sentence 2 is incorrect. It is a matter of usage.

>If I change to like this:

bad English

>Shall I know the rules and examples


old-fashioned English
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