According to MGMAT SC
GMAT ignores the difference b/w Compared to and Compared with (same for Contrast) - that makes our life so much easier :D
Anyways, my 1st question - What's the difference in meaning between the following 2?
1. Compared to horses, zebras are vicious.
2. In contrast to horses, zebras are vicious.
Question 2: Why is this wrong (MGMAT SC
says)? Compared to horses, zebras are MORE vicious.
Question 3: Does it matter if the participle phrase appear in the 2nd half of the sentence? I mean is this correct - Zebras are vicious compared to horses.
answer 1 :
The statement 2 should be used when we are showing a characteristic which is not present in one member.
i.e. horses are not vicious, but zebras are.
to show comparison between unlike things, compare to is used.
to show comparison between like things, compare with is used.
We are not comparing zebras and horses in terms of viciousness, hence "compare" is not required. "In contrast" will be better.
Answer 3: Yes. but a correct comparision should be made i.e. comparative or superlative .
Zebras are more vicious compared to horses.