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talking about preferences - using 'prefer', 'like better' and 'would rather'
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In general useThere are different ways we can ask about preferences. To ask about people’s general tastes or preferences we can use one of the following. They all have the same meaning:Which do you prefer tea or coffee?I prefer tea to coffee.
Which do you prefer drinking tea or coffee?
I prefer drinking tea to coffee.Which do you prefer to drink tea or coffee? *(Notice: prefer to + present simple)I prefer to drink tea than coffee.Which do you like better tea or coffee?
I like tea better than coffee.
Do you prefer tea or coffee? I prefer tea to coffee.
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At a specific timeImagine that a friend is visiting your home. You offer to make them a drink. You ask:
Would you prefer tea or coffee?
Tea, please. Unreal situationsFor unreal situations we use ‘would’:Unfortunately, there is no chance that you will marry Brad Pitt or Johnny Depp. It is an unreal situation, so we ask (Notice that 'rather' is always followed by a verb'):

Would you rather marry Brad Pitt or Johnny Depp?
I’d rather marry Johnny Depp than Brad Pitt. I think he’s sexier!
Another example of this would be:
Would you rather be a bird or a dolphin?I’d rather be a bird than a dolphin because I don’t like fish!
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Negative answersWould you rather marry Brad Pitt or Johnny Depp?
I’d rather not marry either. I’d rather marry David Beckham.
Would you rather be a bird or a dolphin?
I’d rather not be either. I'd rather be a cow.
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bound to = certain: "They are bound to succeed!"

sure to = certain: "He is sure to win the championship."

likely to = probable: "We are likely to win the contract."

definite = sure: "He's a definite frontrunner for the job!"

probable: "It's probable that we will be on holiday around then."

likely: "An election is likely next year."

will definitely happen: "There will definitely be a storm later."

will probably happen: "They will probably take on more staff."
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may: "We may be able to help you."

might: "There might be a holiday next month – I'm not sure."

could: "There could be a bug in the system."

… is possible: "Do you think he will resign?" "Yes, that's possible."

… is unlikely: "It's unlikely that she will move."

will possibly: "She'll possibly tell us tomorrow."

probably won't: "They probably won't hear until next week."

definitely won't: "I definitely won't go to the party."

… is highly unlikely: "It's highly unlikely that the company will expand."
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'-ed' and '-ing' adjectives: describing feelings and things
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'-ed' adjectivesAdjectives that end in -ed are used to describe how people feel:
'He was surprised to find that he had been upgraded to first class.'
'I was confused by the findings of the report.'
'She felt tired after working hard all day.'
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'-ing' adjectivesAdjectives that end in -ing are used to describe things and situations. Compare these example sentences to the ones above:
'Being upgraded to first class is surprising.'
The findings of this report are confusing.'
'Working hard all day is tiring.'
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1.Dogs often feel ___ during fieworks.
frightening
frightened
2.The metro can be ___ the first time you use it.
confused
confusing
3.Satoru was ___ to hear about the earthquake.
shocked
shocking
4.I think that rainy days in winter are ___.
depressed
depressing
5.She's ___ of doing the same thing every day.
boring
bored
6.It was the most ___ I have been watching a film.
exciting
excited
7.The meals at Immigrant's Cafe are ___.
Satisfied * * * * satisfying
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