The way she looked was way beyond compare.

beachboy

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I've just looked up the expression "beyond compare" in the dictionary and found out that "compare" is also a noun. I always thought "beyond comparison" was the right way to speak. My questions are:

1) Are "compare" and "comparison" synonyms?
2) Is "beyond comparison" wrong or just not commonly spoken?
3) Could I also say "A is better than B. There's no compare"?
 

SoothingDave

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I've only heard "beyond compare" in a Beatles lyric.
 

Rover_KE

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In modern English, the noun 'compare' is only found in the idiom 'beyond compare'.

You shouldn't try to use it in any other context.
 
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