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    Which one is correct?

    Asian immigrants compared with /to Wastern people eat more vegtables.

    She should work more on/in the speaking section.

    Thank you so much for your respond.
    Last edited by arzgol; 26-Jun-2011 at 20:02.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arzgol View Post
    Which one is correct?

    Asian immigrants compared with /to Wastern people eat more vegtables.

    She should work more on/in the speaking section.

    Thank you so much for your respond.


    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello, Arzgol:


    (1) As I understand it:

    Compare to

    To liken two things (to say that X = Y; Y = X).

    Mother (angry): You are just like your brother.

    Tom: No, I'm not. Stop comparing me to him.

    Compare with

    To show the similarities and the differences between two things.

    How would you compare life in your country today with life in

    your country ten years ago?

    (2) Therefore:

    Compared with Westerners, Asians eat more vegetables.

    (3) Of course, many native speakers do not follow this rule, for

    many do not know this rule. So do not be surprised if you see

    these terms used interchangeably.


    James

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    Thank you so much Theparser for explaining the rules so carefully; however, the second part of my question ''She should work more on/in the speaking section.'' which preposition is better?


    I appreciate taking the time answering my question.


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    Work ON that.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: compared to/with

    Work in is possible in some contexts, but where the work is directed towards something on is right. For the other case, here's an example: 'As an interpreter I have worked more in Portuguese than in Spanish.' {Matter of fact, my Spanish could do with some work on it.)

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