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Judge Lois Forer's study asks why do some litigants have a preferred status over others in the use of a public resource, the courts, which in theory are available to all but in fact are unequally distributed among rich and poor.
(A) do some litigants have a preferred status over others in the use of a public resource, the courts, which in theory are available to all but in fact are unequally distributed among
(B) some litigants have a preferred status over others in the use of a public resource, the courts, which in theory are available to all but in fact are unequally distributed between
(C) do some litigants have a preferred status over another in the use of a public resource, the courts, in theory available to all but in fact are unequally distributed among
(D) some litigants have a preferred status to another in the use of a public resource, the courts, in theory available to all but in fact not equally distributed between
(E) does one litigant have a preferred status over the other in the use of a public resource, the courts, in theory available to all but in fact they are not equally distributed among



Hi All,

Which is the correct idiom- "Prefer To" or "Prefer Over"?

Based on the correct usage can you please explain which option is correct for the question above?
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Re: Correct Idiom- Prefer To or Prefer Over? [#permalink] New post 19 Feb 2013, 23:48
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Hi All,

Which is the correct idiom- "Prefer To" or "Prefer Over"?

Based on the correct usage can you please explain which option is correct for the question below:

Judge Lois Forer's study asks why do some litigants have a preferred status over others in the use of a public resource, the courts, which in theory are available to all but in fact are unequally distributed among rich and poor.
(A) do some litigants have a preferred status over others in the use of a public resource, the courts, which in theory are available to all but in fact are unequally distributed among
(B) some litigants have a preferred status over others in the use of a public resource, the courts, which in theory are available to all but in fact are unequally distributed between
(C) do some litigants have a preferred status over another in the use of a public resource, the courts, in theory available to all but in fact are unequally distributed among
(D) some litigants have a preferred status to another in the use of a public resource, the courts, in theory available to all but in fact not equally distributed between
(E) does one litigant have a preferred status over the other in the use of a public resource, the courts, in theory available to all but in fact they are not equally distributed among


Hi Babzsn84,

The idiom "prefer A to B" is applicable when "prefer" is used as a verb.

So the following sentence is incorrect.

I prefer football over cricket. --> prefer is a verb

and this one will be correct

I prefer football to cricket. --> prefer is verb

The above question states that "some litigants have a preferred status over ..."

Preferred is acting as an adjective, which is modifying the noun "status" so the usage is correct and " prefer A to B" would not be applicable here. So, if "preferred" is used as a an adjective the usage will be correct.

From the survey it was clear that students preferred experiential learning to classroom teaching. --> Correct, preferred is acting as a verb.

There are no hard and fast rules for this idiomatic usage, but, to sum up:

When used as a verb "prefer to" is correct and "prefer over" is not. I have seen in some articles "preferred over" but in GMAT or American English I have always seen "preferred to", "preferable to"

When used as an adjective the use of "to" is incorrect.

Hope that helps,

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Re: Judge Lois Forer's study asks why do some litigants have a [#permalink] New post 21 Feb 2013, 07:47
I chose A (preferred status over other) because we need to show one higher that other thats why 'over'
is it right ?
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Re: Judge Lois Forer's study asks why do some litigants have a [#permalink] New post 21 Feb 2013, 08:04
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Judge Lois Forer's study asks why do some litigants have a preferred status over others in the use of a public resource, the courts, which in theory are available to all but in fact are unequally distributed among rich and poor.
(A) do some litigants have a preferred status over others in the use of a public resource, the courts, which in theory are available to all but in fact are unequally distributed among
(B) some litigants have a preferred status over others in the use of a public resource, the courts, which in theory are available to all but in fact are unequally distributed between
(C) do some litigants have a preferred status over another in the use of a public resource, the courts, in theory available to all but in fact are unequally distributed among
(D) some litigants have a preferred status to another in the use of a public resource, the courts, in theory available to all but in fact not equally distributed between
(E) does one litigant have a preferred status over the other in the use of a public resource, the courts, in theory available to all but in fact they are not equally distributed among



Hi All,

Which is the correct idiom- "Prefer To" or "Prefer Over"?

Based on the correct usage can you please explain which option is correct for the question above?


Choices (A), (C) and (D) are incorrect in their use of "among" for rich and poor. "among" is used for relating two or more entities.

In this question (B) will be the correct option because of the reasons I explained in my earlier post. "to" should be used when the word "prefer" or "preferred" is used as verb. When used as adjective the use of "to" is less preferred.


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Re: Judge Lois Forer's study asks why do some litigants have a [#permalink] New post 14 Mar 2013, 01:09
I think D is the right answer!!! Becoz of correct usgae of Between and prefer to.. I think u have mistyped the answer!!
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Re: Judge Lois Forer's study asks why do some litigants have a [#permalink] New post 14 Mar 2013, 10:20
option D is awkward. "Preferred status to another" just doesnt sound right. I also agree with answer ab
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