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A preference (/ˈprefərəns/) is the selection of one thing or person over others.[1]

In English, we can identify two types of preference; general preference and hypothetical preference.

General preferences use the indicative mood, for example "I prefer tea to coffee, but Stella prefers coffee to tea".

Hypothetical preferences are hypothetical and use the subjunctive mood, generally with "would" (but sometimes "could", "should", "might", etc). We typically use would prefer and would rather.

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