Let say, I am a little boy and my mother had several fruits (orange, apple, banana,...) and she asked me which one which I like, but she was not sure if she could give me that fruit ( I don't know why :) )

Therefore, I need to make a list of what I like the most (e.g: banana),then apple,... and submit for her consideration.

How can I express that list ? Is it "I prefer(like) in order : banana/apple.orange" ? If not, what is decent expression ?

  • "In order of preference, I'd like..." or, more naturally, "I'd prefer..., if I can't have that, I'd like..., then finally..." – anongoodnurse Jan 28 '15 at 4:08
  • "Look, lady, I said, 'I want a banana' — and I want it NOW!!!" – Erik Kowal Jan 28 '15 at 5:24

When you are speaking to your mother, you cannot speak as in strict prose or grammar, rather a statement in a document. It should be simple. I prefer banana over apple, which I would prefer over orange etc.

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