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PERHAPS MY RESPONSE IS NOT AS "QUICK" I JUST SAW YOUR BLOG.YOU ARE CORRECT. OVER IS QUITE ALLRIGHT. TO MY MIND, NOTWITHSTANDING THE PURISTS, I THINK WE CAN CONSIDER 'TO' AS MORE COLLOQUIAL AND 'OVER' TO HAVE A HIGHER REGISTER. IN THE END IT ALL COMES DOWN TO PERSONAL PREFERNCE AND SOMETIMES REGIONAL USE.
I AM ALSO A TEACHER AND AS SUCH, I HAVE TO RECOGNIZE THAT NOT ALL WAYS OF SPEAKING COINCIDE WITH MY OWN AND HOW I FEEL IT SHOULD BE SPOKEN. HOWEVER, AS A TEACHER MYSELF, I HAVE THE OBLIGATION TO MAKE STUDENTS AWARE OF THAT FACT AND TRY TO AVOID STILTED SPEECH OR GRAMMAR RULES WHICH SEEM TO BE WHAT YOUR TEACHER IS DOING.
GOOD LUCK AND CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR ENGLISH.
1. I prefer coffee over tea.
2. I prefer to spend the day with you
Then, Some teachers in the United States observed sentences like 2 above, and generalized the usage of "prefer to" even in the comparisons like that shown in sentence 1. So, in the USA pople would not hesitate to say the following
3. I prefer coffee to tea.
Now, sentence 3. started being used so widely that in USA it is preferred over sentence 1. And it was then legalized. So, the usage of "prefer to" as shown in sentence 3 above is now legal.
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