Dictionary.com Word FAQs
Is compare with or compare to correct?
Compare takes the preposition to when what is being referred to is any resemblance between two unlike things: He compared the basketball coach to a moronic boss. Compare takes the preposition with when what is being referred to is the examination of two like things in order to determine ways in which they are alike or different: We will compare your version of the accident's events with the other driver's report. When compare is used to liken something with another, then with is usually the right preposition to use: You cannot compare real pearl earrings with fake ones. However, compare to is often used and considered acceptable in this context: Compared with your car, mine still looks new. / Compared to your car, mine still looks new. If you want some rules to follow, try this: Things are compared with each other in order to learn their relative value or excellence; one thing is compared to another because of a real or fanciful likeness or similarity which exists between them.