Sometimes you need to state a preference when someone makes a suggestion, offer something or asks your opinion about what to do. Other times, people have made an offer and you need to state a preference politely if you don’t want to do what has been suggested, or would rather do something else.
- Would you like to seea film tonight ?
I’d rather go dancing.How does that sound ?
- Why don’t we have some Chinese food?
Well, I’d prefer eating Italian. What do you think ?
- What do you think we should do?
If it were up to me, I’d go out for dinner.
- What are we going to do today ? The weather is awful !
I think we should go to the museum.
|I’d rather …||Use the base form of the verb without ‘to’ with ‘rather’|
|I’d prefer …||Use the ‘–ing’ form following the verb ‘prefer’|
|If it were up to me, I’d …||Use the second conditional form followed by the base form of the verb without ’to’|
|I think we should …||Use the base form of the verb without ‘to’ following the modal form ‘should’|
|Why don’t we …?||Use the base form of the verb in a question|
|Let’s go …||Use the base form of the verb with ‘let’s’|
|How about … ?||Use the ‘-ing’ form of the verb after a preposition –here ‘about.|