Element FORM/USE: 'WOULD PREFER' + 'TO', POLITENESS
SuperCat VERBS
SubCat patterns_with to and -ing
Lexical Range N/A
Level B1
Cando Can use 'would prefer' + 'to' infinitive, often for politeness.
Corrected Learner Example I would prefer to pay by cash. (B1 THRESHOLD; 2003; Pass)

I would prefer to meet you at six o'clock instead of four, at the café in my hometown. (Germany; B1 THRESHOLD; 2008; German; Pass)

I'd prefer to go on holiday with my friends. (Germany; B1 THRESHOLD; 2008; German; Pass)
Uncorrected Learner Example I would prefer to pay by cash. (B1 THRESHOLD; 2003; Pass)

I would prefer to meet you at six o'clock instead of four at the café in my hometown. (Germany; B1 THRESHOLD; 2008; German; Pass)

I'd prefer to go on holiday with my friends. (Germany; B1 THRESHOLD; 2008; German; Pass)
Comments Would prefer to is often but not exclusively used to be more polite.

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