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(=vorzugsweise) rather, sooner
das tue ich lieber (im Augenblick)
I would or I'd rather or I'd sooner do that, (grundsätzlich auch)
I prefer doing that
das würde ich lieber tun I would or I'd rather or I'd sooner do that, I would prefer to do that
ich trinke lieber Wein als Bier I prefer wine to beer
(das möchte ich) lieber nicht! I would or I'd sooner or rather not, I would or I'd prefer not to
er sieht es lieber, wenn du das nicht tust he would or he'd prefer you not to do that, he would or he'd prefer it if you didn't do that, he would or he'd sooner or he'd rather you didn't do that, (grundsätzlich)
he prefers you not to do that, he prefers it if you don't do that
(=besser, vernünftigerweise) better
bleibe lieber im Bett you had or you'd better stay in bed, I would or I'd stay in bed if I were you
ich hätte lieber nachgeben sollen I would have done better or I'd have done better to have given in
sollen wir gehen? -- lieber nicht! should we go? -- better not
nichts lieber als das there's nothing I'd rather do/have etc
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