compared to; compared with; in comparison with


Please tell me is there the principal difference in usage between these combinations (e.g. to describe graphs)?


compared to

compared with

in comparison with




COMPARISONS asked Dec 02 '12 at 13:39 Lola New member

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Compare to and compare with are both correct usages, but they have slightly different meanings. What you intend to say will determine which you should use.


Compare with = "to place side by side, noting the differences and similarities between."

Compare to = "to observe or point only to likenesses between."


Garner's Modern Americn Usage (3rd edition, 2009, Oxford University Press) offers these examples to illustrate the difference:


"Let us compare his goals with his actual achievements."

"He compared her eyes to limpid pools."


In comparison with and in comparison to have a similar difference in meaning.


I hope this helps.

link comment answered Dec 02 '12 at 15:18 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

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