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Which is grammatically correct: “compare to” or “compare with”?

Posted: May 3, 2019 at 3:52 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Both are correct.

Always remember —

  1. Compare with — Difference between similar things.
  2. Compare to — Resemblance between different things.

Compare with is used to bring out the differences between similar entities.

For example —

  • Raam and Shyam are my students. Raam is more intelligent when compared with Shyam.

Here you see,

Both Raam and Shyam are similarly placed.

But, their differences are highlighted and we use compare with.


Compare to is used to bring out similarities between two unlike entities.

For instance —

  • Shakespeare had compared the world to a stage and said that man plays seven roles in his life.

Here you see —

The world and stage are different entities but the playwright has brought out the similarity between the two.

Essentially, both with and to are correct prepositions to use after compare, comparable, or comparison, although it may be worth checking the regional and grammatical context of the sentence when making your choice.

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