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1."I prefer going there on foot to going there by bus."
How to shorten?

2. "I prefer to stay at home rather than go out."
prefer + full infinitive + rather than + bare infinitive (general reference) <-- From a grammer book.
3. "I would prefer to stay at home rather than go out."
would prefer + full infinitive + rahter than + bare infinitive (specific reference) <-- From the same grammer book.
How to distinguish?

Thanks,
GT
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2. I'd rather stay (at) home than go out.
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Or let me put it in this way :

How to shorten this sentence?
"I prefer going there on foot to going there by bus."

What is the main difference between this two sentences?
"I prefer to stay at home rather than go out." (general reference)
"I would prefer to stay at home rather than go out." (specific reference)

Thanks,
Gary
I don't know where you get the labels "general" and "specific". We use "would" to indicate something is possible but unlikely. What WOULD you do if you won the lotto? How WOULD you go there if your car was stolen? I WOULD prefer going there on foot than ride the bus, but hopefully that will never happen.

"I prefer to stay home than go out." (I stayed home yesterday, I am staying home today, and tomorrow I will most likely stay home. My life is boring.)

"I would prefer to stay home than go out." (I went out last night, and I really don't want to go out again. However, my friends are nagging me to go. So, it's unlikely I'll stay home. They better buy me a beer.)
>What is the main difference between this two sentences?
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Thank you for Marius's remind. Anyway, I didn't find any difference between my and your sentence. ^.^

Thank your for Jadarite too. I can understand a little more now. Anyway, I scanned the page which I had read before.