Compared To or With – Which One To Use?

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Candace Osmond

Candace Osmond studied Advanced Writing & Editing Essentials at MHC. She’s been an International and USA TODAY Bestselling Author for over a decade. And she’s worked as an Editor for several mid-sized publications. Candace has a keen eye for content editing and a high degree of expertise in Fiction.

When comparing two or more things, compared to and compared with are two phrases that bounce around but can come with a bit of confusion over which one to use and when. Both are correct; it just comes down to the right time and place.

So, let’s explore the differences between these two simple phrases as I teach you when to use each and show you whether or not it’s appropriate to start a sentence with compared with. And, just to make things even easier for you, I’ve added a few sentence examples at the end.

Compared to or Compared with: When to Use Either

Compared To or With Which One To Use

The distinction between compared to and compared with is subtle but very important.

The phrase compared to is meant to be used when you’re highlighting similarities or likening one thing to another.

But compared with is supposed to be used when you’re focusing on the differences between the two items being compared.

Basically, compared to emphasizes the likeness, and compared with emphasizes the contrast. But, because these are so similar, they’re often used interchangeably, which can fly under the radar in informal settings. But if you’re writing an essay or a technical document of some kind, try to use the right form.

Can You Start a Sentence with Compared With?

Yes, you can start a sentence with compared with, especially if you’re trying to emphasize the contrast between two things. Just make sure that the comparison is clear and the sentence is structured correctly.

  • Compared with the number of books I wrote last year, I’m on track to meet my goals this year.

Compared to Examples in a Sentence

  • The impressive speed of a cheetah is even more astounding when compared to that of a human being.
  • Our new office building looks so tiny compared to the massive skyscraper standing next to it.
  • I always compare my husband’s blue eyes to the color of the sky.
  • Compared to her previous job as a designer, Candace finds her new position as a writer much more enjoyable and fulfilling.
  • The performance of the new electric sports car is impressive, especially compared to its gas-guzzling competitors.
  • My total book royalties for this year can be compared to my royalties from last year.
  • Compared to traditional cooking methods, air frying is a healthier alternative, especially for those who need to watch their fat and salt intake.

“Compared with” in a Sentence

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  • Compared with last year’s sales figures for my longest book series, this year’s results show significant growth and read-through into my other series.
  • My new novel’s complex narrative structure is more engaging compared with the straightforward plot of my earlier work.
  • When compared with other types of investments, real estate can give higher returns but carry greater risks.
  • Our city’s crime rate has decreased compared with the previous decade, making it safer to live there.
  • Compared with the leading brand of cleaner, the generic product works just as well but at a lower price.

Hope That Helps!

Remember that compared to is used for similarities, and compared with should be used for contrasts. These are always used in place of each other, especially in more relaxed contexts. But it’s a good idea to at least understand the differences.