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    whats the difference of compare with and compare to?

    when do we use the two? is there a difference?


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    Re: whats the difference of compare with and compare to?

    Quote Originally Posted by jasirah
    when do we use the two? is there a difference?
    When 'compare' is used as an intransitive verb (without a direct object), we use an ablative phrase ('with' plus a noun phrase). For example:

    "Your writing compares well with his."

    When 'compare' is used as a transitive verb (taking a direct object), we use a dative phrase ('to' plus a noun phrase). For example:

    "I am comparing your writing to his."

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