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    Please help me!

    To/with what does the poet compare the daffodils?

    He compares the daffodils to/with the stars.

    Why does the speaker connect daffodils to/with the stars?

    He does so for several reasons. First, their shape. The petals mimic the shape of a star. Second, their number. The stars are infinite; the daffodils are abundant. Third, their color. They're golden, and shimmer like the stars.

    The verb "to compare" can be used with "to" or "with". Normally "with" is the correct choice but, if the things being compared are not of the same category, you must use "to".

    So, for example, you can compare a cat with a dog, because they are both similar animals. You might even compare a person with an animal, because they are both mammals.

    But you must compare a flower TO a star and you must compare New York TO a hive of bees, because the difference is too extreme and you are looking at just one facet of the appearance or motion.

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    #2

    Re: Please help me!

    What exactly would you like to know?
    P.S. I'm sure you're having nightmares about these daffodils!!!


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    Which preposition would work well in the situations? Someone told me "to".

    Haha .... I am bored out of my skull with the poem myself.

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    In Michael Swan's 'Practical English Usage' there's a whole list of 'prepositions after particular words' but 'compare' is not one of them.
    See if this helps Compare with or Compare to?
    According to this you should use 'compare to' because you're talking about similarities only, right? But, personally, I think both would do.

    Good luck with your daffodils!

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    #5

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    I see that others are answering you on another post!

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    See, Asad, 'Please help me!' attracted my attention because I'm a woman whilst when you wrote the thread under the name 'compare with vs compare to' all men came to your help! Hope you'll get your answer but I still think both would do.
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    Thank you very much, Queenbu.

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    You're welcome

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