can we say - 'the hunter slept on a tree' ?
does one use 'compare with' or 'compare to' ?
I think there is more to that, Davy. Look,
Nothing compares to you
Will it really make no difference whatsoever if I say
Nothing compares with you
I may be wrong, but I see it this way : if we just want to see the difference we use with
Please compare sentence a) with sentence b).
If we mean sth is superior we use to
Your house is like a palace compared to our humble cottage.
We also use to when we find similarity
I would compare Jamiroquai to Stevie Wonder.
1) When 'compare' is used intransitively, it must always take 'with' - for example: "Talk does not compare with action."
2) When the verb is used transitively, and the objects being compared are of like kind, we use 'compare with' because we are emphasising a contrast. For example: "Please write an essay on how Shakespeare compares with Moliere as a dramatist."
3) Otherwise, we use 'compare to'. This generally involves cases where the verb is used transitively, but more in the sense of a simile between objects of different kinds. For example: "But shall I compare thee to a summer breeze?"
The last two contributions are very interesting. I didn't realise that there was a linguistic debate on this subject, but I can see why.
I cannot argue with the distinctions you both make in your examples, but the differences seem so small and I am sure a lot of people would make a convincing case for the meanings being identical.
This is one I want to think about more before coming off my fence.
Just checked Longmans Dictionary of Contemporary English and it makes no distinction between on and with, which I quote as being interesting rather than definitive!
Last edited by DavyBCN; 13-Aug-2006 at 13:50. Reason: additional info
thanx a lot for helping me out with the 'compare to 'and 'compare with' . but how can we say ' the hunter slept in a tree' ? 'on' seems to be more appropriate.