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as far as i knew, we use " i would rather go to the cinema then go to the theatre" and "i prefer to play football"

but my friend asked me last week that is i would prefer to listen to the music possible?

i was confused about it, i couldn't give any answer. is this possible?
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What I can amend is

I would rather going to the cinema than going to the theathre.

I would prefer listening to the music (rather than doing something else)

Well so far that's what I can tell you because I'm not a pro in this kind of area but you can try to take a look at this page:

http://tenser.typepad.com/tenser_said_the_tensor/2004/03/preferences.html

Hope I have atleast helped you a little Emotion: smile
Hi,

'I would prefer ...' is certainly possible, even quite common. It's usually a very polite, rather 'distanced' way of expressing your wishes. eg

Impolite: Stop that goddam noise!

Polite: I would prefer you to be more quiet.

Best wishes, Clive
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hi hmfindlay

i know, i would rather go to the cinema

in add, i would prefer to listen to the music. you wrote with ing. is it acceptable?
CliveHi,

'I would prefer ...' is certainly possible, even quite common. It's usually a very polite, rather 'distanced' way of expressing your wishes. eg

Impolite: Stop that goddam noise!

Polite: I would prefer you to be more quiet.

Best wishes, Clive

I've not come across that use. I've always seen: I would prefer you being more quiet.

What is "more quiet", BTW? Isn't "being quiet" enough?
Yunus
hi hmfindlay

i know, i would rather go to the cinema

in add, i would prefer to listen to the music. you wrote with ing. is it acceptable?

"I would prefer [listening ] to listen to the music" is correct. "Prefer" is typically following by verb+ing in the form of gerund but at times you may see people use infinitive. Though you will see the gerund form more often.

Ex: "I prefer taking shower in the morning than the evening.

John prefers riding the train to work than having to fight the commute everyday.
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Hi guys,

Polite: I would prefer you to be more quiet.

What is "more quiet", BTW? Isn't "being quiet" enough?

More quiet = Quieter than you are right now, but not necessarily completely quiet.

Please be more quiet can also be used as a more polite request, by being weaker.

Please be quiet sounds much stronger, more authoritarian.

Politemness via language is an interesting and subtle subject.

Best wishes, Clive

QQuieter than now
Yunushi hmfindlay

i know, i would rather go to the cinema

in add, i would prefer to listen to the music. you wrote with ing. is it acceptable?

Apparently your Q has been answered mate.

Ta Goodman Emotion: smile
i'm sorry hmfindlay but my answer still couldn't be answered. Also something was added my over question.

goodman you said " i prefer taking shower in the morning than the evening." isn't there some rules about using of that"

because previously, i knew prefer + to + verb + object

i need more information about this.
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