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Let's say I prefer the cars made by a certain company. Which article do I use in the following context?

I prefer a Volvo.

I prefer the Volvo.

I prefer Volvo.

  • I would say "I prefer a Volvo" or "...Volvos". – Kate Bunting Dec 20 '19 at 14:22
  • @KateBunting I don't think we can always say "a Volvo". "I prefer a Volvo [SUV] over a Mercedes [SUV]", sure. But not "I prefer a Volvo over a Mercedes". We would say "I prefer Volvo over Mercedes", "I prefer Mac to Windows", or "I prefer Pizza Hut over Dominos". Would you agree? – AIQ Dec 21 '19 at 10:02
  • I commented that that was what I would say, not that it was the only correct version. (I would never say prefer over, either.) – Kate Bunting Dec 21 '19 at 10:11
  • @KateBunting I think you misunderstood me. I didn't say your comment was wrong. I was trying to see if you agreed with my view on this - when it comes to just brands, we don't use "a" in this case. But with a particular product under the brand, we do. – AIQ Dec 22 '19 at 0:12

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