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Prefere qqch a qqch

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je préfère (les chiens) aux (chats) : I prefer (dogs) to (cats), I like (dogs) better than (cats)

When expressing preference between two nouns, we use the preposition à. When comparing actions, we use que.

Je préfère le cigare à la cigarette. I prefer cigars to, over cigarettes.
Je préfère fumer que boire. I prefer smoking to, over drinking

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