- Compared to -


- Compared to -


You have nothing, compared to mine.


Do you think compared to is a dangling participle or a preposition or a reduced non defining relative clause.


Thank you so much as usual for your help and time.

asked Oct 11 '12 at 03:12 Hans Contributor

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First, let's look at compared to versus compared with. In your sentence, you should use compared with. The usual phrase is compare with, which means "to place side by side, noting the differences and similarities between." Compare to means "to observe or point only to likenesses between."


By definition, this is not a dangling modifier, nor is it a preposition. Because you have used a comma, this is defined as a nonrestrictive dependent clause. The meaning of the sentence, however, suggests that it should properly be a restrictive dependent clause and be punctuated without the comma.


Is this a reduced clause? I would say not. Typically, a reduced clause begins with an adverbial clause -- a group of words with a subject and verb, that answers questions like how, when, where, and how much. Only sentences in which the main (independent) clause and the adverb (dependent) clause have the same subject can be reduced. I cannot construct a nonreduced adverbial clause from the sentence given. Perhaps others can.


Finally, I am uncomfortable with the word choice "mine." Do you mean "compared with me" or "compared with what is mine"?


I hope this helps.  

link comment answered Oct 11 '12 at 04:19 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

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