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    a long/longer life compared with

    Are the following sentences both acceptable?

    1. Fluorescent lamps have a long life compared with incandescent lamps.
    2. Fluorescent lamps have a longer life compared with incandescent lamps.


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    Re: a long/longer life compared with

    Quote Originally Posted by Snappy View Post
    Are the following sentences both acceptable?

    1. Fluorescent lamps have a long life compared with incandescent lamps.
    2. Fluorescent lamps have a longer life compared with incandescent lamps.
    No, they're not both acceptable.

    If you say they have a longer life, you have to say "longer THAN'

    Furthermore, I think it should be "compared to" (not "compared with"), but I suppose "with" is acceptable.

    1. Fluorescent lamps have a long life compared to incandescent lamps.
    This is correct.

    2. Fluorescent lamps have a longer life than incandescent lamps.
    Now this is correct.

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    Re: a long/longer life compared with

    Compared to, compared with and for can be used to limit the scope or qualify the statement. Compared to is used more often than compared with. There are only small differences between the two expressions when used in this way.

    Both are correct:
    Fluorescent lamps have a long life compared with incandescent lamps.
    Fluorescent lamps have a long life compared to incandescent lamps.

    I just wrote up an article about compared to, compared with, and for.

    by the way Snappy, I live really close in Nishinomiya. I love Kobe, I hope you are enjoying the biennial.
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    Re: a long/longer life compared with

    Quote Originally Posted by Ann1977 View Post
    No, they're not both acceptable.

    If you say they have a longer life, you have to say "longer THAN'

    Furthermore, I think it should be "compared to" (not "compared with"), but I suppose "with" is acceptable.

    1. Fluorescent lamps have a long life compared to incandescent lamps.
    This is correct.

    2. Fluorescent lamps have a longer life than incandescent lamps.
    Now this is correct.
    Thanks.

    According to the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English,

    "compared to/with something
    used when considering the size, quality, or amount of something in relation to something similar:
    a 20% reduction in burglary compared with last year
    Compared to our small flat, Bill's house seemed like a palace."


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    Re: a long/longer life compared with

    Quote Originally Posted by macanudo View Post
    Compared to, compared with and for can be used to limit the scope or qualify the statement. Compared to is used more often than compared with. There are only small differences between the two expressions when used in this way.

    Both are correct:
    Fluorescent lamps have a long life compared with incandescent lamps.
    Fluorescent lamps have a long life compared to incandescent lamps.

    I just wrote up an article about compared to, compared with, and for.

    by the way Snappy, I live really close in Nishinomiya. I love Kobe, I hope you are enjoying the biennial.
    Can you draw out the difference between "compared to" and "compared with"? if you find you have the time?

    I'd be interested in an articulation of the principles governing the selection of "to" compared to "with," and a bunch of examples if you're feeling lavish?

    I'd like to make an offer for the dog, too. I think it's possible that his talents are underutilized. I mean, how many dogs bring in the mail?

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