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    Is "similar between" wrong?

    The result of the Japanese test in Korean students were similar to that in in Chinese students.

    Can I paraphrse the above sentence as follows or is it wrong to say "similar between"? (Does it always have to be "similar to"?)

    The results of the Japanese test were similar between Korean students and Chinese students.

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    Re: Is "similar between" wrong?

    I'd use "similar among" in this case. "The Korean students' results were similar to the Chinese students' results."
    "The overall results were similar between John and Mary." "John's results were similar to Mary's results."
    If A is similar to B, there is a similarity between A and B.
    Last edited by Raymott; 19-Apr-2014 at 14:32.

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    Re: Is "similar between" wrong?

    Quote Originally Posted by herbivorie View Post
    The result of the Japanese test in Korean students were similar to that in in Chinese students.
    The original should read "The result of the Japanese test was similar ...".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Is "similar between" wrong?

    If your second sentence means that the results of Korean students (as a group) were similar to the results of Chinese students (as a group), I would use "between".

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