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Re: SC....watching television [#permalink]
26 Aug 2007, 05:23
Studies of test scores show that watching television has a markedly positive effect on children whose parents speak English as a second language, as compared to those who are native English speakers.
a. to those who are b. with children who are c. with d. to those whose parents are e. with children whose parents are
EXPLAIN your answers
Here the comparision is between Children with parents who are native speakers of english and children with parents who are non native speakers of english
So A, B and C are ruled out as they compare X with children who are native speakers.
Between D and E, compare "WITH" should be used as we are looking for both similarities and differenences between X and Y.
Below is the rule.
To identify either the similarities or the differences between two things, use "compare to."
To identify both the similarities and the differences, use "compare with." In comparing with something, one finds or discusses both things that are alike and things that are different.
Here is better information I found on google.
Compare usually takes the preposition to when it refers to the activity of describing the resemblances between unlike things: He compared her to a summer day. Scientists sometimes compare the human brain to a computer. It takes with when it refers to the act of examining two like things in order to discern their similarities or differences: The police compared the forged signature with the original. The committee will have to compare the Senate’s version of the bill with the version that was passed by the House. When compare is used to mean “to liken (one) with another,” with is traditionally held to be the correct preposition: That little bauble is not to be compared with (not to) this enormous jewel. But to is frequently used in this context and is not incorrect.