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    Would native speakers make the same correction? [comparing --> compared]

    An experienced native English teacher corrected the following:

    It is a nice city when comparing to other cities --> It is a nice city when COMPARED to other cities.

    I think both should be fine. Any differences between them?

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    Re: Would native speakers make the same correction? [comparing --> compared]

    I would absolutely make the same correction.

    You could say "it's a nice city when you are comparing it" or "if you are comparing it."

    But it's incorrect as written.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Would native speakers make the same correction? [comparing --> compared]

    I am not a teacher.

    If I had to choose between the two I would use "compared" rather than "comparing", but I don't think I'd say either.

    I would prefer, "It is a nice city compared to other cities." without the "when", or just, "It is a nice city."

    If "other cities" means all other cities (which is probably the case since there is no article) and not a specific set of other cities, then it would be a nice city by any standard.

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