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Help: English: preposition

Postby Weldal » 2002-07-08, 21:05

Well, I read before on the previous forum that prepositions are a very complicated issue in any language, so I don't feel ashamed to ask for the help, not only of native English speakers, but from anybody else who has a better knowledge of the English language, as Francy or Layla, for instance...
This is my doubt: is the verb "compare" used with the preposition "to" or with the preposition "with" ? For instance: "compare this result "to" the previous one" or "compare this result "with"the previous one" ? :?:
I think that the right preposition in this case is "to", but I'm not sure if "with" can be used. Maybe because in my native language we write the equivalent verb with the equivalent to preposition "with"... :roll:
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Postby NulNuk » 2002-07-08, 23:27

both ,"with" ,and "to" ,are right , you can compare "to" or "with" something.

I dont know about Portugeze, but allso in Spanish you can say ,
comparado "a" algo , or , comparado "con" algo .

the same goes for Hebrew ,but is much more complex .

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Thank you very much, Nul Nuk

Postby Weldal » 2002-07-09, 15:58

Thank you very much Nul Nuk.
I was waiting for an answer , because I must write a text using this verb and I was not sure about both possibilities. Very nice to know that both are correct, in this case one doesn't make a mistake regarding this situation.
Thanks again for your attention.

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with vs. to

Postby bluechiron » 2002-07-09, 16:48

Yes, with or to works with the verb compare, depending on the circumstance.

In the example you mentioned, I would use "to" over "with." If you need the explanation, let me know...this one is long and fairly contextual.

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Thank you too, Bluechiron

Postby Weldal » 2002-07-09, 17:39

Thank you too, Bluechiron.
I also had the same impression in favor of "to", but since "with" is not wrong, I think that at least it doesn't sound weird.
If you have free time to give a long explanation, I thank you, but if not, no problem, I understand.
Anyway, I think that now I have the answer to my question.
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Postby Patricia_from_Argentina » 2002-07-10, 0:07

A couple of excellent books to crack doubts with the English language are:

The BBI-Book of English Word Combinations.

Practical English Usage, by Michael Swam (my classmates and I call this book "The Bible", because it has just about EVERYTHING you need to know as far as the English usage is conceerned).

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Postby Francy » 2002-07-10, 8:56

Thank you for nameing me, as I guess you already obtained your answer... :wink:

Thank you Patricia very very much for the book you siggested!!!! it'll be very very useful also to me!!! :P
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Cool Book

Postby Pittsboy » 2002-07-13, 8:27

Practical English Usage, by Michael Swam I believe to be a World known book, I have it as well and every single question in English is answered by it :shock:
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