rather 以及 prefer
I would rather work alone.
I would rather not work alone.
I would prefer to work alone.
I would prefer to not work alone.
- DaSaGwaLv 78 年前最佳解答
Basically they are the same just the way they connect with verb:
would rather + V: I would rather work alone
(would) prefer + to V : I would prefer to work alone
If you want to use negative by adding "not", you shall do:
would rather NOT V I would rather not work alone
(would) prefer NOT + to V I would prefer not to work alone.
Also, you need to know "prefer" is a verb, but "rather" is an adverb.
Hence, you can say:
He is a rather nice boy, and I rather prefer him.
2012-04-27 01:28:44 補充：
In a word, "would prefer" or "would rather" all can use to express "preference", even though they got translated differently: "rather" is 寧可, 寧願, and "prefer" is 更喜歡 (of course, it can still be translated as 寧可, 寧願).
2012-04-27 01:29:56 補充：
Due their function as a word, they are constructed differently in sentence.參考資料： self
- 呆子Lv 78 年前
I would rather work alone. 被迫無奈做選擇(較消極)
I would prefer to work alone. 有多樣可自由選擇 (較積極)。二者語意有差異----------
- nobodyfantasyLv 58 年前
I would rather work alone = 我寧願自己一人工作。
I would prefer to work alone = 我比較喜歡一人工作。
2012-04-27 01:05:29 補充：
He's rather cute.
I'm feeling rather sleepy.