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    #1

    Which one is right?

    Which sentence is right?
    1. You had better not compare yourself TO your friends.
    2. You had better not compare yourself WITH your friends.

    thanks!

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    #2

    Re: Which one is right?

    Quote Originally Posted by danny777 View Post
    Which sentence is right?
    1. You had better not compare yourself TO your friends.
    2. You had better not compare yourself WITH your friends.

    thanks!
    I would use "with", but you will hear both.

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    #3

    Re: Which one is right?

    CAUTION: NOT A TEACHER


    Danny,

    (1) According to my very strict teachers, both are correct-- depending on what

    you wish to say.

    (a) To compare yourself to your friends. = to liken yourself to them. To say that you are

    like your friends.

    (i) You probably remember Shakespeare's famous words to someone:

    "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?"

    (b) To compare yourself with your friends. = To study how you are similar and how you are

    different from your friends.

    (i) How would you compare the conditions of your country in 2012 with the conditions in

    1989? (In what ways is life better? In what ways is life worse?)

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    #4

    Re: Which one is right?

    TheParser is right. That is how teachers and grammar books say the words should be used. You will, however, find some native speakers who use them interchangeably.

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