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    Comparable to/with

    This is from a test of mine:
    "That man's skill is comparable to/with that of the instructor himself"

    I picked "to" since that's what I usually hear but when I went online and check I found out that "comparable with" actually exists. Can anyone tell me what is the different between them and which should I use in this case? If both are acceptable then in a test, which one would be the safest bet?

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    Re: Comparable to/with

    I would only use "comparable with". I say "compared to".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Comparable to/with

    comparable - Definition and pronunciation | Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary at OxfordLearnersDictionaries.com

    According to OALD both are possible. I use compared to as emsr2d2 said, but I'm still not sure if there's any difference between comparable to or with.
    Not a teacher.

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    Re: Comparable to/with

    In that sentence "comparable to" is acceptable IMO.

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    Re: Comparable to/with

    I've thought about this a bit more and have concluded the following:

    I would use "comparable to" if I simply meant "able to be compared to".
    I would use "comparable with" if I meant "equal to".
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 19-Jun-2012 at 09:08.
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    Re: Comparable to/with

    Last edited by tzfujimino; 19-Jun-2012 at 06:25.

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