I am Korean English learner.
This is a sentence from TOEFL.
I prefer spending time with just a few friends to hanging out with a large group since one can cultivate more profound relationships and talk about things on a more personal level.
Here in this sentence, I am interested in the usage of "prefer".
I already learned that the transitive verb "prefer" has different meanings and usages.
Here "prefer" is used as kind of comparative function: a person prefer spending time with just a few friends "more than" hanging out with a large group.
Also I looked up dictionary for sure,
- prefer + object
- prefer + object + pp NP
- prefer + doing
- prefer + to VP (rather than)
and I am curious that if I change the sentence into
I prefer to spend time with just a few friends to hang out with a large group.
is it a grammatical sentence?
Also if this sentence is accepted (if this paraphrasing is accepted),
Is the first model sentence more acceptable than my paraphrased sentence? If so, then why?