Usage: Prefer ‘to’ something OR ‘than’ something?

The correct usage is prefer something ‘to’ something. Not ‘than’ something.

Example: “ I prefer tennis to cricket.” *  The children prefer ice cream to biscuits.

The stress in ‘prefer’ is on the second syllable. Not the first. So it’s pronounced ‘preFER’.

More examples:  “My mother prefers music to books.” * “I prefer his old movies to his new ones.”

Source: “The Hindu”   – Know Your English  Column –  Jan 29, 2008

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