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aa. I prefer to study English rather than to study math

bb. I prefer to study English rather than studying math

cc. I prefer to study English rather than math

dd. I prefer studying English to studying math



I think of these..

aa. wrong
bb. right , best
cc. awkward
dd. right , good??
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Hi, Sly,

Your fourth sentence is correct. While the others aren't terrible (well, the second one is pretty bad), they would benefit greatly by a change to a slightly different construction.

We generally don't use a combination of "prefer" and "rather than." Instead we use the construction "would rather" (which, interestingly, was originally "had rather"):
  • I would rather study English than (study) math.
  • I had rather study English than (study) math. (old-fashioned)
  • I'd rather study English than (study) math.
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Hi, Sly and David.

I think we can also say:

I'd prefer study English rather than study math.
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I think we can also say:I'd prefer study English rather than study math.
Hi, Hussein: Actually, we can't. Your example is ungrammatical. "Prefer" is NEVER followed directly by the base form (bare infinitive) of a verb, though it may be followed by a "to"-infinitive or by a gerund:
    (1) I prefer study English.
    (2) I prefer to study English.
    (3) I prefer studying English.
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Yes, David you are right. It should be:

I'd prefer to study English rather than study math.

Thank you for your quick correction.

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