Compared to/compared with

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This question is from the The Official SAT Guide on page 661 #26

John Edgar Wideman is regarded [to be] [one of ] the most talented writers of the late twentieth century ans is often [compared to] such literary giants [as] Ralph Ellison and Richard Wright. [no error]

Shouldn't [compared to] be changed to [compared with]? And [to be] also sounds weird. Shouldn't it be changed to [as]? " John Edgar Wideman is regarded as one of the most talented..."

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  • For me, compared to is correct. One compares the subject one is talking about to something else, in order to demonstrate similarities.

    I do agree, however, that "regarded to be" does not feel correct, and that your alternative would be more natural. (Considered to be, yes, but regarded as.)

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