‘Compare with’ or ‘compare to’?

Posted on 25 March 2014 by Lucy Gregory

‘Compare with’ or ‘compare to’

Compare with and compare to both have a place in English.
 
Use compare with if you are noting the differences between two things: The company’s performance today is strong compared with recent years.
 
Use compare to if you are noting similarities: The company’s performance today is strong and compares to its success before the financial crisis.
 
Simples!