The Diet Building in Japan is a counterpart of the Capitol in the United States.

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yukinohana

Senior Member
Japanese
Hello,

"The Diet Building in Japan is a counterpart of the Capitol in the United States."

If I replace the highlight with "equal to" , will the sentece still stay the same meaning?

Thanks a lot!
 
  • Cypherpunk

    Senior Member
    US, English
    I would say 'the Diet Building is the counterpart of the Capitol Building...'
    I would not say that they are equal to each other. This somehow suggests that they are identical in some quantity. I realize they serve similar governmental functions, but that's not how you would express that idea.
    You may wish to say that 'the Diet Building serves the same functions as the Capitol Building'.
     

    JJohnson

    Senior Member
    Texan English
    Cypherpunk is right.
    Equal is a judgement or a value. You would be saying that the Diet is equal in power, authority, renoun, etc. to the Capitol.
     
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