I would prefer it if

I would prefer it if
used for telling someone politely not to do something

I would prefer it if you didn't smoke in here.

English dictionary. 2014.

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  • I would prefer it if — spoken phrase used for telling someone politely not to do something I would prefer it if you didn’t smoke in here. Thesaurus: polite words and expressionssynonym Main entry: prefer …   Useful english dictionary

  • would rather — phrase used for saying that you would prefer to do something or that you would prefer that something happened I’d rather you didn’t mention this matter to anyone else. He doesn’t want to learn – he’d rather stay at home and play video games.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Prefer — Pre*fer , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Preferred}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Preferring}.] [F. pr[ e]f[ e]rer, L. praeferre; prae before + ferre to bear or carry. See 1st {Bear}.] 1. To carry or bring (something) forward, or before one; hence, to bring for… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • would rather … (than) — would rather… (than) idiom (usually reduced to d rather) would prefer to • She d rather die than give a speech. • ‘Do you want to come with us?’ ‘No, I d rather not.’ • Wo …   Useful english dictionary

  • prefer — verb preferred, preferring (transitive not in progressive) 1 to like someone or something more than someone or something else: “What kind of music do you like?” “These days I prefer classical music” | prefer sb/sth to sb/sth: I much prefer dogs… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • prefer — pre|fer [ prı fɜr ] verb transitive *** never progressive to like or want someone or something more than someone or something else: Which do you prefer, the red or the blue one? prefer someone/something to someone/something: Even today, most… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • prefer */*/*/ — UK [prɪˈfɜː(r)] / US [prɪˈfɜr] verb [transitive] Word forms prefer : present tense I/you/we/they prefer he/she/it prefers present participle preferring past tense preferred past participle preferred [never progressive] to like or want someone or… …   English dictionary

  • prefer — verb ADVERB ▪ greatly, much, overwhelmingly, strongly, vastly ▪ I greatly prefer this version. ▪ I much prefer the orchestra s 1998 recording of the symphony …   Collocations dictionary

  • prefer — pre|fer W2S2 [prıˈfə: US ˈfə:r] v past tense and past participle preferred present participle preferring [T not in progressive] [Date: 1300 1400; : French; Origin: préférer, from Latin praeferre to put in front, prefer ] 1.) to like someone or… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • prefer — v. 1) (D; tr.) ( to bring ) to prefer against (to prefer charges against smb.) 2) (D; tr.) to prefer to (she prefers fish to meat) 3) (E) we prefer to remain at home 4) (G) I preferred going to a concert 5) (esp. BE) (H; no passive) I d prefer… …   Combinatory dictionary

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