English Grammar | how to make comparisonsThe rate of union membership rose 26.2% comparing to 25.8% last year. [incorrect]
The rate of union membership rose to 26.2% compared to 25.8% last year. [correct]
The figure is now three times higher as compare to 1965. [incorrect]
The figure is now three times higher than in 1965. [correct]
There are a number of common words and phrases that we use to make comparisons:
- compare something [to/with something]
It's impossible to compare modern films with those made 20 years ago.
Many people have compared her voice to Aretha Franklin's. [= they have said it is similar]
- compared to/with something
- in comparison [to/with something]
The simple little hotel seemed luxurious in comparison to the tent they had lived in while camping.
- [draw/make] a comparison between two things
I could make a comparison betwen my life here and the way of life in my home village.
It is impossible to draw a direct comparison between the two conflicts.
- something is bigger/higher/lower/more important, etc. than someting else
- something is double/half, etc. that of something else
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