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Postby Stefano » Wed Oct 20, 2010 5:23 pm

Hello. I need your help please.

I prefer Hergé's real name to his pen name.
I prefer Hergé's real name instead of his pen name.

Are both correct? Is there a rule about that?
Thank you, bye!
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Re: instead of or to

Postby Tukanja » Wed Oct 20, 2010 6:42 pm

I prefer #1 to #2.
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Re: instead of or to

Postby Stefano » Thu Oct 21, 2010 3:26 pm

Thank you Tukanja.
I need to know if there is a rule. In Italian "Intead of", in this case, means the same of "to", so I'm somewhat confused. Bye.
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Re: instead of or to

Postby Tukanja » Sun Oct 24, 2010 1:00 pm

Stefano wrote:Thank you Tukanja.
I need to know (if) whether there is a rule. In Italian "Instead of", in this case, means the same of "to", so I'm somewhat confused. Bye.


I prefer to say either "this" to "that" or "that" to "this" to any other way of saying it in English.

The sentence I prefer "something" instead of "something else" isn't grammatically correct English, in my opinion. I am not a teacher but learner.

Stop using "to" after you are corrected by a native English speaker. (Because of their politeness, you'll never be corrected. What's more, they will say that your English is very good. ;-) :-D)
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Re: instead of or to

Postby Stefano » Mon Oct 25, 2010 5:48 pm

Thank you tukanja, very kind of you. Bye!!!
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