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Let’s Compare and Contrast

One thing I love about this blog is that even I learn as I write the entries.

Latest example: compare vs. contrast.

I thought that comparing something is to set at least two items side by side to find their similarities, while contrasting is to find their differences.

Then I looked up the two words in the dictionary and found them to be synonymous.

To paraphrase my Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary, compare implies one wants to show similarities or differences by  bringing out characteristics that are either similar or different. Contrast, meanwhile, implies emphasizing differences.

So compare that!

Until next time! Use the right words!


September 26, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , ,

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