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The children prefer going to the beach to going to the movies.

... to go ... to going ...

Hi,

Do both of the above sound right and mean about the same to you? Thanks.
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For me it's a question of parallelism.

The children prefer going to the beach to going to the movies. [sounds good]
The children prefer to go to the beach rather than to go to the movies. [correct, but too many words]
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Thanks, Philip.

I like your suggestion. I made a typo in my first post, and the following is the corrected one. Does it sound right to you?

The children prefer to go to the beach to go to the movies.

PREFER

To say that you like one activity more than another one, you can use two "-ing forms" with PREFER. The second one you can introduce by using either "to" or "rather than", which is more formal. But never use "than" after PREFER.

I prefer reading books to watching TV. (NOT I prefer reading books to watch TV.)

OR

I prefer reading books rather than watching TV. (NOT I preter reading books than watching TV.)

With "would prefer" you can use a to-infinitive and "rather than" followed by either bare infinitive or "ing form".

I would prefer to go to Switzerland rather than stay/staying in Bahrain.

I hope I have expressed myself clearly.

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