Read the following conversation. How are prefer, would rather and would prefer to used? Then read the rules and go on practising with online exercises!

Alex:
Would you rather stay home and cook dinner or go out?
Betty:                
I'd rather go out.  I am pretty tired today, so I don't want to cook.  What about you? Would you rather stay in or go out?

Alex:               
I would prefer to stay in, but we can go out if you would like.

Betty:                  
That would be nice.  What type of restaurant would you like to go to?

Alex:                
I'd prefer to go somewhere quiet.

Betty:                
Really?  Not me.  I would rather go somewhere fun, maybe even with some live music.

Alex:                
But I thought you were tired?

Betty:                
I am, but not too tired to have some fun.

Alex:                
Well, I'd prefer not to, but…..OK.
 

 

RULES:

Would prefer, would rather: 
expressing specific preference
When we speak about a specific preference, would rather and would prefer have the same meaning and are interchangeable. We went to the theatre yesterday. Today I would rather go to the cinema.
We went to the theatre yesterday. Today I would prefer to go to the cinema.
Would rather can be abbreviated to 'd rather.
Would prefer can be abbreviated to 'd prefer.
I'd rather go to the cinema.
I'd prefer to go to the cinema.
Would rather is followed by the bare infinitive.

Would prefer is followed by to + infinitive or a noun.
I'd rather have fruit juice.
I'd prefer to have fruit juice.
I'd prefer fruit juice.

 

We say:
would rather . . . than
It's such nice weather – I'd rather sit in the garden than watch TV.
We say:
would prefer . . . rather than / instead of
It's such nice weather – I'd prefer to sit in the garden rather than watch TV.

 

 

Prefer, would rather:
expressing general preference
When we talk about general preferences, we can use prefer or would rather. The meaning is the same. prefer walking to cycling.
would rather walk than cycle.
After prefer we use the verb in the -ing form.

After would rather we use the infinitive without to.
prefer using a keyboard to writing with a pen. 

I’d rather use a keyboard than write with a pen.

(I’d = I would)
We say: prefer . . . to . . .

We say: would rather . . . than . . .
prefer walking to driving. 

I’d rather walk than drive.

 

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Fuente: http://speakspeak.com/resources/english-grammar-rules/various-grammar-rules/would-rather-versus-would-prefer-and-prefer
Fecha: 8/11/2016 | Creado por: Sonia Maria