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Which of the following is correct?
Given a choice, I would prefer whisky to vodka.
ABC - preferred over Italian marble worldwide. (happened to come across an ad with such a caption)
Thanks very much!!
Approved answer (verified by Mister Micawber)
Where I live, I almost never hear anyone say 'prefer over'. It sounds pretty formal to me.
Best wishes, Clive
Google hits at the BBC site:
8 from bbc.co.uk for "was preferred over"
869 from bbc.co.uk for "was preferred to"
From the BBC:
Reports suggest the two men would be extradicted to face trial on
Dutch Government premises in the Hague not in the International Court
of Justice, before a panel of Scottish judges.
The UK Prime Minister, Tony Blair, stated in a written parliamentary
answer 10 days ago, that that option was preferred over a five-member
That being said, in my opinion 'to' is less formal than 'over'
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