EN: compare with / compare to

Paasca

New Member
French living in Belgium
Hi everybody,
I would like to know when to use "compare with" and when to use "compare to". Are there differences between those two forms?
Thank you in advance for your replies
 
  • kimson

    Member
    Switzerland, French
    The difference is the same as in "Comparer avec..." ("Je compare cette couleur avec une autre"/"I'm comparing this colour with another one") and "Comparé a" ("Mon chien est plus doux comparé au sien"/"My dog is softer compared to his")
     

    cropje_jnr

    Senior Member
    English - Australia
    Despite what's said in this thread, I would contend that both may be used in sentence like "it is useful to compare X with/to Y".
     
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    loryannha

    Member
    French - Paris
    Hello,

    I have some issues to understand the difference between to compare to and to compare with. When am I supposed to use to or with after to compare?
    For example, I wanted to say in French " Je pourrais facilement comparer ma famille à un fabuleux patchwork..."
    I would easily compare my family with/to an amazing patchwork...??

    Thank you!
     

    Ellea1

    Senior Member
    Southern French
    Hi,

    To identify the analogy of two different things, use "compare to." To identify both the similarities and the differences, use "compare with."

    I would easily compare my family to/with an amazing patchwork.

    These mountains do not compare with (are not nearly as high as) the Himalayas.
     
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