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Do You “Compare to” or “Compare with” Something?

Humans love to compare, but do they know which words are correct to do it?

You have two choices: compared to and compared with. I usually hear someone say something like, “She’s got nothing compared to him.”

But is it correct?

Use compare to when you want to assert something: She compared her work for women’s rights to Susan B. Anthony’s suffrage movement.

Use compared with when you have two or more things to illustrate similarities and differences: Compared with you, he’s better.

So, the answer to the above question is no. Don’t be too surprised.

Until next time! Use the right words!


January 6, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , ,

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