‘In comparison to’ vs. ‘in comparison with’ in English

by Jakub Marian

Tip: See my list of the Most Common Mistakes in English. It will teach you how to avoid mis­takes with com­mas, pre­pos­i­tions, ir­reg­u­lar verbs, and much more.

Although “compare something to something” and “compare something with something” do not mean the same (you can read more about the differences in my previous article), “in comparison to” and “in comparison with” do mean the same. You can say, for example,

In comparison to other candidates, she was very good.

as well as

In comparison with other candidates, she was very good.

and the meaning is essentially the same as that of “compared with” and “compared to”. Other examples:

France is relatively rich, in comparison to/with other European countries.
The American branch of the company makes very little profit, in comparison to/with their Asian division.

It is worth noting that “in comparison with” used to be much more common in the past than “in comparison to”, but there is no difference in their relative frequencies in modern English literature.

By the way, if you haven’t read my guide on how to avoid the most common mistakes in English, make sure to check it out; it deals with similar topics.

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