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1 I prefer English lessons rather than Spanish one.

2 I prefer English lessons to Spanish one.

3 I prefer coffee to chocolate.

4 I prefer coffee rather than chocolate.

5 I would prefer to make a copy than to take this whole book home.

6 I would prefer to make a copy rather than to take this whole book home.

Are these sentences correct? Can we always replace "prefer to" with"rather than" ?

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These ones sound right:

  1. I prefer coffee to chocolate.

  2. I prefer coffee rather than chocolate.

These ones do not:

  1. I prefer English lessons rather than Spanish one.

  2. I prefer English lessons to Spanish one.

  • I prefer English lessons to Spanish.

  • I would prefer English lessons rather than Spanish.

    1. I would prefer to make a copy than to take this whole book home.

    2. I would prefer to make a copy rather than to take this whole book home.

  • I would prefer to make a copy, rather than take this whole book home.

  • I would rather take this whole book home, rather than make a copy.

  • Instead of taking this whole book home, I'd rather make a copy.

"Prefer to" and "rather than" are not interchangeable.

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Follow the answer given by @nohat on: https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/1752/which-is-correct-prefer-x-to-y-or-prefer-x-over-y

It will clarify your doubts.

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