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The key answer of exercise 59.1

The key to exercise solutions in chapter Unit 59 - Prefer and would rather for the textbook English Grammar in Use with authors Raymond Murphy from Cambridge University Press


Which do you prefer? Write sentences using ‘I prefer (something) to (something else)’. Put the verb into the correct form where necessary.

Now rewrite sentences 3 and 4 using the structure ‘I prefer to (do something).


  1. I prefer driving to travelling by train.
  2. I prefer basketball to football. 
  3. I prefer going to the cinema to watching DVDs at home.
  4. I prefer being very busy to having nothing to do
  5. (1) I prefer to drive rather than travel by train.
  6. (3) I prefer to go to the cinema rather than watch DVDs at home.
  7. (4) I prefer to be very busy rather than have nothing to do.