24. Preference and lack of preference

A. Preference

Preference may be expressed by:

I prefer… - formal, semi-formal style.

Note that prefer should be used only when something is (or has been) mentioned as an alternative (for comparison).

If there is no specific comparison, like best or favorite should be used.

I like… better –non-formal

I’d rather… - non-formal

With have, this may be used of general preferences, i.e. things which one prefers as a rule.

I’d prefer – formal, semi-formal

B. Lack of preference

Lack of preference may be expressed as follows:

I like them both/ all.

I haven’t (got) any particular preference.

I can’t say I prefer any/one particular…

They both/ all have (certain) advantages

advantages and disadvantages.

It depends…

In reply of suggestions or an offer these forms are used:

I don’t mind.

These two may sound indifferent and therefore not very polite in some cases.

It’s all the same to me.

It makes no difference to me.

It’s up to you (to decide)

I leave it/ that to you (to decide).

I’m easy – same meaning. informal.

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