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What is the difference between 'compare to' and 'compare with'

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Created Date: Thu 01 Sep 2011

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In this post, you are going to study the difference between 'compare to' and 'compare with'.

 

Answer:
Compare To is usually used to compare 2 unlike things:
• The old dog was compared to a monster. (dog and monster are not the same)
• Human brain is normally compared to a computer. (human brain and a computer are not the same)

Compare With is used to recognise the similarities or differences between things
• The police compared the forged signature with the original. (the forged signature and the original one both are signatures)
• His assignment paper was compared with his classmate's paper for plagiarism. (the 2 papers are both assignments)


Conclusion:

  Compare to Compare with
When 2 unlike things 2 like things
Purpose to stress the resemblance to recognise the difference or similarity


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