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Test your understanding of the English lesson by answering these questions. You will get the answers and your score at the end of the quiz.
She _________ apples to oranges.

Would you _______ come over at 7pm?

I __________ take my car than wait for the bus.

They ________ eating lunch now to eating it later.

Would you like milk or juice?


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176 Comments on “Preference – How to talk about what you want in English”


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Thanks Alex for clearing up the use of these confusing words. It’s an excelent lesson. God bless you

Sunday, May 2nd 2010

good lesson

Sunday, May 2nd 2010

thank you for the lesson

Sunday, May 2nd 2010

Thanks, Alex . You are a good teacher. My english skills is better because of your lessons.I wish you success!

Sunday, May 2nd 2010

    You said as if blaming the teacher for his lessons. I would rather use “My English skills are getting heights THANKS TO your lessons.”

    Monday, May 16th 2011

I liked this video so much…. And got the 5 questions right! Uhuu! HAHAHA! Thank you so much… this video is really good!

Sunday, May 2nd 2010

thaaanks alot Alex :>

Sunday, May 2nd 2010

thanks alex. you are always very clear. I love your lessons.

Monday, May 3rd 2010

thanks:) nice lesson

Monday, May 3rd 2010

I am a little confused

Monday, May 3rd 2010

Charco … just take the quiz and your confusion would be cleared :)

Tuesday, May 4th 2010

Why can’t the videos be watched by me? They are free , aren’t they?Would anybody answer these questions?

Tuesday, May 4th 2010

    Yusuf, thosands of people watch these lessons every day, so it is working for most people, I think. The lessons are 100% free, yes. Why don’t you tell me what the problem is? You should see a video at the top of this page. Do you see it? It is a YouTube video. Can you see YouTube videos on other sites? Some workplaces, libraries, etc, block YouTube.

    Wednesday, May 5th 2010

      actually, Yusuf, I see you are from Turkey. As far as I know, YouTube is sadly blocked by the Turkish government. I know that many Turks find ways around this.

      Wednesday, May 5th 2010

      Mr Alex , Thank you very much. I solved the problem about blocked youtube yesterday.You are right.
      And also I want to thank you and the other teachers for this special and good duty for us.You are great people.
      I hope I can improve my english , and also I can speak fluently.

      Wednesday, May 5th 2010

      sir i need a help can u help m e

      Friday, May 28th 2010

i enjoy engvid lessons, it ‘s my first time i see these lessons , Alex is a good teacher , i wish there are lessons about culture, thank you very much

Tuesday, May 4th 2010

Mr Alex , Thank you very much. I solved the problem about blocked youtube yesterday.You are right.
And also I want to thank you and the other teachers for this special and good duty for us.You are great people.
I hope I can improve my english , and also I can speak fluently.

Wednesday, May 5th 2010

Thanks for such a knowledgeful lesson.it would really be helpful for me. could u please give a lesson on gerund and i have doubt of using house and home. please clear it. thanks again.

Wednesday, May 5th 2010

I am very very weak when i talk in english also i am confused when some one talk in english.please give me sugestion.thank you

Thursday, May 6th 2010

wooooooooooooooww its soooooooo clear and fantastice lesson

Thursday, May 6th 2010

thx clearly understood

Friday, May 7th 2010

it’s great! Our students from Ukraine love your lessons so much. Thank you very much.

Friday, May 7th 2010

thanks for teaching us!

Friday, May 7th 2010

I can get the difference between “I would rather” and “I would prefer”.

Friday, May 7th 2010

Mr.Alex, sorry to write you again, but it just to rememorize you that i have asked for some lessons. so please reply as soon as you get time. thaks

Saturday, May 8th 2010

Hi Alex thank you. may I take the quse agine or it is only one time? this lesson is good bye.

Saturday, May 8th 2010

HELLO ALEX THANK YOU SO MUCH.AFTER WATCHING YOUR TEACHING LESSON I CAN UNDERSTAND ABOUT IT.YOU SPEAK ENGLISH CLEARLY I CAN CATCH UP WITH THE LESSON

Monday, May 10th 2010

I’m French, it’s really clearly for me. Thanks a lot.

Monday, May 10th 2010

Hi? I’m very happy to know this site. Thanks for evrything that you and the other teachers do here.Furthermore, it’s all free ^.*

hum…I’ve got a question. When we use relative pronoun if the antecedent is a person or people we can use ‘who,whose,whom or that’ according to circumstances and if the antecedent is a thing or things we can use ‘which, whose or that ‘. Also the antecedent is both person and thing we have to use ‘that’ right?
but I don’t know what I should use if the antecedent is connencted with or. For exampe…
Perception is a knowledge about the object or person ……. is present before the perceiver. What should I use in……..?

You’ll be my life saver…^^

Wednesday, May 12th 2010

Very good Alex! you´re a good teacher. Thank you for the lesson…I´m your fã…hehehe

Wednesday, May 12th 2010

thank u for your lesson

Wednesday, May 12th 2010

thank u

Wednesday, May 12th 2010

This subject is one of my less knowledge , that’s why Thank you so much Mr Alex.
And Also I want to ask a question about subject “beside,under,…” .
these 3 “next to , near , beside ” words have the same meaning , do they? And also Can we use “above” instead of using “on the top of” ?
Thanks a lot , take care of yourselves.

Thursday, May 13th 2010

Great Job!

Friday, May 14th 2010

Thanks a lot. You are a very good teacher. I understood completely.

Friday, May 14th 2010

thank u

Saturday, May 15th 2010

plz ,I want more practics in grammer .
thank u

Saturday, May 15th 2010

Thanks Alex,
It was agreat and useful lesson.

Monday, May 17th 2010

Thk Alex, was good lesson. Could you please give a lecture on use of Articles, that will be helpful. I am specifically confused in sentence like these:
1)The cow is a usefull animal.
2)Man is the only animal that uses fire.
Why The or A is not there in the second sentence?
Further I have confusion in the follow type of sentence:
1)She loves to eat Mangoes and bananas.
Now when to use love and when loves, and why?

Monday, May 17th 2010

Thank you very much. As for me the lesson is very useful and provided in clear explanation

Wednesday, May 19th 2010

hi, alex, why did u say ,”She’d rather sit on the bus.” why not in the bus,im tauking about prepositions.thanks .

Wednesday, May 19th 2010

    good answer!!

    Wednesday, May 26th 2010

thanks alex i can’t catch up English I study now one year and I don’t understan this is tha firs day i see this program and i think if i study one monthy I feel beter thanks and i hoppy you use black markar

Monday, May 24th 2010

THANKS A LOT IT HELPED ME!I IMPROVED MY ENGLISH ONLY IN ONE MONTH thanks!ta very much bye for now!!!!

Wednesday, May 26th 2010

so good..it’s awesome

Thursday, May 27th 2010

thank u alex, i succeed to understand every single word thanks to your pronunciation :-)

Thursday, May 27th 2010

but i have some confusion then how can i know . please any one will help me .

Friday, May 28th 2010

hiiiiii
but i have some confusion then how can i know . please any one will help me .

Friday, May 28th 2010

BORING LESSON YOU TEACHER!

Friday, May 28th 2010

    hey alex you dumb ass.you said that because you are idiot

    Monday, September 27th 2010

thank u but How do I find a friend I speak English with him through the CAM???

Sunday, May 30th 2010

Thanks Alex

Sunday, May 30th 2010

Thanke you Alex , your lesson is so clear and useful .. ^_^

Wednesday, June 2nd 2010

plz sir help me
in speaking english

Thursday, June 3rd 2010

    i can teach u english its jst tht my grandma needs to learn ebg but i knw how to speak eng :)

    Friday, June 4th 2010

THANK u from deep og my heart ..for this AMAZING Lesson …I prefer you than my teacher in old school …

Friday, June 4th 2010

who needs to learn english????????????????????

Friday, June 4th 2010

Alex,

The lesson is very good. The only remark that I might make about this lesson is that it would benefit from some more explanation and usage examples of “would rather”. After this lesson the difference between “I would rather” and “I would prefer” is not quite clear. The rest if very good. Great thank you!-)

Saturday, June 5th 2010

thank you! I had problem with that, but now I know the differences thanks for you!

Sunday, June 13th 2010

thanks for the such great pesentation.
this will do a lot for me.

Monday, June 21st 2010

thanks alex you are a great teacher
realy thanks

Wednesday, June 30th 2010

alex your lessons are very interesting for me.
your explanations are very clear
thank you.
ciro from colombia

Tuesday, July 6th 2010

I would rather like this website to other teaching English ones.

Tuesday, July 13th 2010

hi Alex, my question is if I can use would rather for general statements as well.
Can I say ‘I rather read books than watch movies’ or Can I also ask ‘would you rather read books or watch movies? as a general preference.

Tuesday, July 13th 2010

it’s really helpful for me. thanks everyone.

Sunday, July 18th 2010

I dont reach the video. how can ı watch?

Friday, July 23rd 2010

thank u very much thatis great

Saturday, July 31st 2010

thanks:) nice lesson

Tuesday, August 3rd 2010

thank you sir.

Tuesday, August 3rd 2010

very nice

Saturday, August 7th 2010

thnk you Alex
please put some more lessons Alex

Wednesday, August 11th 2010

hey alex i hope you will be fine. i am very glad to lesten your lectuer but actully i’v some problem would perfer and would rather please help me.i should remove my weakness so let me know could i remove it so please give me more easy example more the ten sentencec each one.it’s your kindness
have a good day

Best Regard’s

Ahmed Anas
Lahore Pakistan

Saturday, August 14th 2010

dear sir,i understand english grammar, i can also write in english, but i cant speak. please help me.

Monday, August 16th 2010

Dear sir, i could not understand PREFERENCES. Can you help me.

Regrats

Tuesday, August 17th 2010

Really interesting to learn. Thank you very much.Joy Bagnan Howrah India.

Wednesday, August 18th 2010

thanks alex, you are good teacher.

Monday, September 27th 2010

Hy Alex, thank you very much!!!
Very clear and usefull lesson: you are a fantastic teacher!
I hope more lessons will be available soon!
Have a good day!

Tuesday, September 28th 2010

hello Mr./mrs EngVid ,
you are the best//// i watch your video lessons every day and regularly. just to understand how much i love you i say you a bit mistake in you answering to Yusuf from Turkey… thousand not thosands . Or maybe you right who knows? ;-) best wishes

Thursday, October 28th 2010

Thank you so much for your lessons. It always helps me with my English! Yuu are great teacher!

Friday, November 5th 2010

i dont understand when we use do,does, did???
plz explain this

Thursday, November 25th 2010

    Hi neel,

    “Do” and “does” are used in the present, and which one you use depends on the subject. Here are the rules:

    I do
    You do
    He/She/It does
    We do
    They do

    “Did” is used in the past, and is used with every subject.

    I hope this helps!

    Sunday, April 17th 2011

thanks Alex

Saturday, November 27th 2010

Hi, Alex !
I saw the word “rather” on the board
Could u make a lesson about – when do we use “rather” and when do we use “pretty”. Thanks very much, your movies are very useful.
Good Luck !

Thursday, December 2nd 2010

Thanks a lot it’s very useful and we look forward to see more and more.

regards
Mohammed Johmani

Friday, December 3rd 2010

Thank u so much~
Great lesson!!

Tuesday, December 7th 2010

ya really it is useful

Wednesday, December 8th 2010

thank your very much alex your lessons help me a lot. God Bless you for your time to teach english.

Wednesday, January 12th 2011

I’d love this lesson, the way you teach, and of course, the content of the lesson. Thank you so much for giving so much enthusiasm in teaching.

Wednesday, January 19th 2011

    i,d love this lesson the way you teach and of course the

    Friday, February 4th 2011

THANK YOU VERY MUCH ALEX, YOU’RE VERY GOOD A TEACHER.

Sunday, January 30th 2011

Thanks a lot Alex, it’s really helpful to me.

Wednesday, February 16th 2011

Hy BIG, I think you would prefer not having me as pupil(Quiz score = 20), please, wait do not send killer!!!, I will be back next for second chance.

Wednesday, February 16th 2011

Well Big alex, in third quiz game time, I got 80points(it make me go watching de video till I got the concept).
Many thanks againg.see you soon

Thursday, February 17th 2011

Alex, why in I would prefer you used “to” after prefer and in I would rather you didn’t after rather??

Monday, February 21st 2011

Dear Alex,

OMG, i did not doing well in quiz test. I only got 2 correct out of 5. Actually, i confuse about words “would prefer” and “would rather”. I just take the quiz and got wrong answers regarding the word “would prefer” and “would rather”. In your video, you said “would prefer” is same thing as “would rather” except the word structure. Can you give a more detail about would prefer and would rather because it is confusing me. Thanks for your respond.

Best Regards.

Thursday, March 3rd 2011

thanks a lot teacher..
it’s really great
^_^

Tuesday, March 8th 2011

so clearly talk….ı understand all of talk thank you

Wednesday, March 9th 2011

thanks, it is great if you add more lessons

Friday, March 11th 2011

Hi sir! I wanna ask a question from you,that what’s the difference between would prefer and would rather.

Saturday, April 16th 2011

    Both are used to talk about preference at the moment of speaking, but they can be followed by different parts of speech.

    “I would rather” must be followed by a base verb. For example, “I would rather eat sushi tonight.”

    “I would prefer” can be followed by an infinitive (“I would prefer to eat sushi”), a gerund (“I would prefer eating sushi”), or a noun (“I would prefer sushi”).

    Both are used to show preference when there is more than one option available at the moment of speaking.

    Thanks for your question, and I hope this has made things clearer!

    Sunday, April 17th 2011

      in quiz
      why we can’t say
      i would rather drink juice
      please explain to me

      Monday, July 18th 2011

thanks alex your great teacher. i don’t know how to put a good grammar icould you help me iam studing ged

Wednesday, April 20th 2011

teacher alex, is these sentence correct?: i would rather stand than sitting beside you!
is this correct? tnx

Saturday, April 30th 2011

This is absolutely great site. I wish you have video conference so I can practice more my English.

Saturday, April 30th 2011

thanks alex, I learn a lot with you

Sunday, May 1st 2011

Felicitaciones por la forma de explicar tan clara. Muchas gracias.

Sunday, May 1st 2011

hi alex how are you i enjoyed the lesson thank you and alex you are the best and im waiting more lesson from you i like you so much
from uzbekistan

Saturday, June 11th 2011

thanks for this information,i’m so glad to be taught such an informative lecture.

Sunday, June 12th 2011

thanks for your hardworking to create such useful website for people whose English is their second language, these learning videos are really attractive thanks

Friday, June 17th 2011

THIS IS ONE OF YOUR GREAT LESSON SIR IT’S VERY CLEAR AND HELPFUL. I HOPE MORE AND MORE LESSONS. THANK YOU SO MUCH

Friday, July 1st 2011

thanks Alex! this lesson is very useful for me!
thanks again!

Friday, July 8th 2011

Thanks Alex! this lesson I didn’t hear! Because my com. don’t work. I don’t know why?
But thanks for everything!

Wednesday, July 13th 2011

oh my god i cant do the best , its to bad for me .i’ll try to learn more and more with this lesson …. and thanks teacher u do the best

Thursday, July 21st 2011

good lesson :)
Hi sir! I want to ask what is the difference between i would not and i would rather not :)Thanks

Wednesday, August 10th 2011

HI sir :)Can we use would prefer with bare verb
e.x i would prefer read a book

Wednesday, August 10th 2011

Thank you very much, it is so helpful for me

Tuesday, August 16th 2011

Excellent

Thursday, August 25th 2011

arif’s agony is similar to what umer is experiencing.
in the above sentence please understand me the use of ” TO WHAT ” in what sense does it use

Friday, August 26th 2011

i have a little confused

Monday, September 26th 2011

what about like and would like¿does it have the samemmmmmmmmmmmmm rules¿

Tuesday, October 11th 2011

Thank you Sir Alex for teaching us..you’re such a great teacher..I LOVE it when you’re giving more examples aside from the one that is written already on the board :) That really helps me more :)) Godbless!

Tuesday, November 1st 2011

Hi Alex :)
How are you ?, seriously i committed to go spoken English classes before seeing this Site after watching this site i canceled my commitment to go spoken English class. i am very very poor in English

Thanks a lot Alex…

Saturday, November 12th 2011

can you please give a suggestion how to improve my communication skill how can i talk in English with confidently and fluently give me some ideas please,
your ideas will help me a lot Alex…

Saturday, November 12th 2011

Thanks a lot!….

Wednesday, November 16th 2011


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I am confused as to proper usage of “s” in a word(especially in verb or noun).Pls.state the General Rule as well as the exceptions.

Wednesday, November 16th 2011

thanks much….i would like to know about WHOM please

Friday, November 18th 2011

Thanks Alex ,you’re a good teacher .

Friday, November 25th 2011

Thanks Alex for your time ,God bless you .

Friday, November 25th 2011

Would you like milk or juice?
the question above why answer “I would rather drink milk” instead of “I would prefer drink juice”?

Thursday, December 1st 2011

thanks alex i love your lessons

Friday, December 2nd 2011

sir alex…..please give me a some tip???how to learn english quickly???? please reply…..

Saturday, December 3rd 2011

Great Alex,
Your style of teaching is effective and simple. Keep it up.

Sunday, December 4th 2011

Hi alex ,thanks for u agreet lesson, can u send your email adress to hlep me in english writing.

Saturday, December 10th 2011

Thank you for the lesson.

Monday, December 12th 2011

thank you alex, you are a good teacher

Tuesday, December 13th 2011

It ‘s very useful :D

Friday, December 16th 2011

ALEX, can you make a lesson about how to use “like
and such as”

Friday, December 23rd 2011

HI Mr.Alex
Could tell us the differences between Just & Only ??? PLEASE ???

Sunday, December 25th 2011

Thanks Alex you are good teacher.

Monday, January 9th 2012

thanks alot ALEX.you are agood teacher

Friday, January 20th 2012

can you explain the alternatives for Wish/If only, please? eg: She’d prefer to have travelled on her own. We’d rather you had taught that! :)

Wednesday, January 25th 2012

U R VERY ”
DA BOMB”

Sunday, February 12th 2012

hello Mr.Alex i’m Imad from Morocco thank you so much for all. please could you teach us the differnce between “home” and “house”, we love you teacher. good bay

Friday, March 30th 2012

thanks teacher alex that was amasing a very good lesson god bless you

Friday, April 6th 2012

So bed, 1 out of 6! to me all ans is very very close. thks

Thursday, April 26th 2012

Good morrning sir!Just to say that I appreciate the way you teach or explain some english grammar points.I followed in 2005 english courses at air force base in my country;according to you,what is the best way to improve my speaking or understanding?I know,my level is not bad(avanced level)but it is not enough for me.Take care sir!!!

Saturday, May 26th 2012

God bless you Alex.

Monday, June 4th 2012

Thanks Alex. Really a nice lesson. Your lessons always give a very clear understanding and I really like them.

Friday, July 13th 2012

Alex, Could you please tell me the difference between the usage of earlier and early ? Thanks in advance.

Friday, July 13th 2012

Thank you, Alex a lot! Tis’ a good lesson to improve my speaking.
Might I ask you the following. Am I right to use a comma at the first sentence of my message here?
Would you be so kind as to make video about punctuation in writing English in such cases? … sometimes we’re writing letters by email, ordinary post … it can be confused in using commas.

Tuesday, August 7th 2012

It’s hard to do for me this test.I have to learn much more.But thanks for everythings.Have a good one Alex.

Thursday, September 27th 2012

Thank you so much,the lesson was clearly and useful.

Saturday, September 29th 2012

You explained very clearly. It’s easy to understand. Thanks a lot.

Monday, October 8th 2012

Hi Mr. Alex. How are you? How is your work? I am very fine both my self and work, but a little bite problem with Speaking and Listen in English. You know after I got your web-site from my friends, especially your lesson. Then I have went through. After that I have downloaded your lesson some and try to learn every night. It makes me better. Thanks! And now I keep download your lesson. Please, have a nice day! Good luck1

Monday, October 22nd 2012

Hi Teacher Alex I’m Your New Student. Omer

Tuesday, November 13th 2012

This lesson is very helful. Thanks a lot.

Monday, November 19th 2012

Thank you, Alex, for the clear explanation!!!!!

Thursday, November 22nd 2012

It was a little hard lessen, i watched it twice till I completely understand .
Thank you Alex!

Friday, November 23rd 2012

Thanks a lot! That was my first “step” with you and now I’m sure not the last one…Just keep it going!

Monday, February 18th 2013

Perfect explication.

Monday, February 18th 2013

I got bad point. 40 % oh…my god

Wednesday, February 27th 2013

Very helpful lesson Dear Alex. Take care

Tuesday, May 21st 2013

Questions designed are so tricky. I have got bad marks but, its really useful as i have learned how to use them correctly in the future. Thanx Mr.Alex for the lovely topic…
I will be looking forward to seeing more in the next coming weeks…….

Tuesday, July 16th 2013

Thank you teacher Alex for this lesson :)
I’ve just one question :
What is the difference between “would prefer” and “would rather” ?

Thursday, July 18th 2013

    Alex answered this question at somewhere above.

    Friday, August 9th 2013

I really enjoyed this lesson! The explanation about rather was incredible then I have no doubt anymore. Thanks Alex!

Friday, August 9th 2013

In my work place I always use the sentence
Would you like to buy something?
X people that always come inside with out buy food or drinks:)

Sunday, August 25th 2013

Hi, Adam. Recently I´ve found out your classes and I love them!. Thanks

Friday, November 29th 2013

Hello Adam,

Would you like to have a lesson about “would rather”?

Thanks.
I love your lessons.

Friday, January 10th 2014

Hello, Alex
thanks for your lessons, I appreciate them
I still have a doubt. Is it possible to use a noun or a pronoun after would rather?
instance: I’d rather you come with me/ Susan come with me.
thanks so much!

Wednesday, March 26th 2014

HelloAlex this is the first time i watched you lesson i really enjoy it and find it interesting to follow up the further lessons

Thursday, April 3rd 2014

Hi Alex can you give more examples with (rather) in different situation because there is many meaning.
excuse me about my bad English
thank you

Friday, April 11th 2014

this lesson is really helping me a lot.
thanks a lot adex

Friday, April 18th 2014

Thanks alex. Very very excellent

Wednesday, June 11th 2014

Thanks alex for this lesson, you are my favorite teacher, could you please explain to me the expression (rather than) and how to use it?

Saturday, September 27th 2014
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