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 have interested in the usage of "prefer".
I already learned that transitive verb "prefer" has different meanings and usages.
here "prefer" 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 a grammatical sentence.
Also if this sentence is accepted ( if this paraphrasing is accpeted,)
Is the first model sentence more acceptable than my paraphrased sentence? if so, then why..?