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compared to

Posted: Mon Jun 10, 2019 1:05 am
by azz
a. Tom worked hard today compared to yesterday.
b. Tom worked harder today compared to yesterday.

c. Tom worked hard compared to Jim.
d. Tom worked harder compared to Jim.


Which of the above sentences are grammatically correct and natural?

Many thanks.

Re: compared to

Posted: Mon Jun 10, 2019 4:13 pm
by Phil White
  1. Many people still insist on "compared with" in preference to "compared to". I always prefer it myself, but "compared to" has become widespread and probably more common than "compared with".
  2. Sentences a and c work, but, without further context could easily mean that although Tom worked harder than yesterday / harder than Jim, he still didn't work particularly hard.
  3. Sentences b and d do not work for me. I would simply say "Tom worked harder than ...".