Common mistakes – compared with/compared to/in comparison

“Apples & Oranges – They don’t compare” by Mike Johnson – TheBusyBrain.com

Making comparisons is important for your IELTS Writing Task 1 as well as Task 2. Make sure you are using or expressing it correctly:

WRONG:

  • Comparing with other schools, our school . . .
  • By comparison to the UK, New Zealand has . . .
  • The figure is now five times higher as compare to 1988.

CORRECT:

  • Compared with other schools, our school . . .
  • By comparison with the UK, New Zealand has . . .
  • The figure is now five times higher than in 1988.

Notes:

  • When you are comparing two or more things, use compared with (to stress differences between things of  a similar class) or compared to (to stress likeness or similarities between things that are dissimilar).  You may notice though that nowadays the with/to is interchangeable.
  • You can also use in comparison (with) or by comparison (with)  when you compare how two things are different, but these are fairly formal and most often used in written English.
  • You can also draw/make a comparison between two things.
  • When something is bigger/higher/lower/ more expensive, etc. than something else, use than.

 

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