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Monday, 16 May 2011

Stuart's Daily Word Spot: Compare to or compare with?

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To ‘compare to’ indicates only similarity; but to ‘compare with’ suggests contrast as well.

‘Michael was so similar in so many ways to his hero, Kevin, that people often compared him to the older man.’

‘If I were to compare you with Marilyn Monroe, I would have to say that you have a similar figure but that your voice is nothing like as sexy.’

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