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# Compared with the 1906 earthquake, the 1989 San Francisco earthquake

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Compared with the 1906 earthquake, the 1989 San Francisco earthquake was smaller in magnitude but did more structural damage.

(A) Compared with
(B) In comparison with
(C) In comparing
(D) As compared to
(E) Comparing

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The explanation says that B & D are wordy but are they really that wordy.

Originally posted by nikhilsrl on 19 Mar 2011, 04:11.
Last edited by Bunuel on 23 Oct 2018, 01:24, edited 2 times in total.
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19 Mar 2011, 05:52
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To quote from MGMAT spokesperson Ron, in the link <http://www.manhattangmat.com/forums/when-to-use-compared-with-and-compared-to-t2071.html>

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we've done some research on this topic, and we have actually reversed our position from that in the earlier editions of the strategy guides.

from this point onward, DO NOT WORRY ABOUT DISTINGUISHING BETWEEN "COMPARE TO" AND "COMPARE WITH".
we have reviewed the many official problems available to us, and this distinction has never been the basis for ANY elimination.

there are many, many problems in which the choices contain both "compare to" and "compare with", but none of them require any solid distinction between the two.

You may decide now whether the text is wordy or not.
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Compared with the 1906 earthquake, the 1989 San Francisco earthquake was smaller in magnitude but did more structural damage.

a) Compared with
b) In comparison with
c) In comparing
d) As compared to
e) Comparing

IMO A is correct. Battle is between A and D. When describing the similarities between unlike things, the idiom "compare to" is used.When describing the differences between like things, the idiom "compare with" is used.

Here 1906 earthquake and 1989 earthquake are similar things.
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19 Mar 2011, 04:27
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as we are comapring similar items, compare with shud be used. stuck bet A and B now. someon eexplain?
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Compared with the 1906 earthquake, the 1989 San Francisco earthquake was smaller in magnitude but did more structural damage.

a) Compared with
b) In comparison with
c) In comparing
d) As compared to
e) Comparing

OA is provided.

The explanation says that B & D are wordy but are they really that wordy.

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For similar items..compared with is preferred.

so only A and B stays..

compared with > in comparison with

compared with => verb > noun and adjectives....
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10 Oct 2015, 02:52
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I think 3 choice a,b and c are correct.

because this question is not offcial I will not study more
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thangvietnam wrote:
I think 3 choice a,b and c are correct.

because this question is not offcial I will not study more

how can think 3 choices are correct?

Compared with the 1906 earthquake, the 1989 San Francisco earthquake was smaller in magnitude but did more structural damage.

a) Compared with.............best among the answer choices and compares both the earthquakes.
b) In comparison with............wordier compared to choice A
c) In comparing...................Who is comparing here and the phrase In comparing X, Y is smaller does not make sense and this is not a proper way of comparison. One quake is smaller in comparing with another quake is completely wrong.
whatever happened while comparing X should be compared to the action that happened during comparing Y as well.
or X should be compared with Y(intended one here.)

d) As compared to.................as is used to indicate phrases or actions and is incorrect here.
e) Comparing...................Who is comparing here definitely not earthquake

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Compared with the 1906 earthquake, the 1989 San Francisco earthquake was smaller in magnitude but did more structural damage.

a) Compared with - Correct
b) In comparison with - wordier than A
c) In comparing - we need "with" after 1906 earthquake; "in" is not required
d) As compared to - "As" requires a clause when used as a comparison marker
e) Comparing - we need "with" after 1906 earthquake

Can't really explain - in technical terms - as to why A is preferred over B.
Awaiting explanation by GMATNinja

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Both GmatNinja and Ron Purewal have mentioned time and again that ideally there is no difference between “compared to” and “compared with” and the usage is driven by the meaning in the sentence.

In C and E, comparing is used in the form of verb+ing modifier which modifies the whole clause coming after the comma.

Option B : use of in is not required

Option D : As is neither functioning here as conjunction or as preposition.

Option A is the most concise form
Using past participle form of compare —> compared with

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27 Nov 2018, 06:08
Is this question from a reliable source? It changes everything I've known about compared to vs. comparison with
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27 Nov 2018, 07:20
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Experts pl enlighten :

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27 Nov 2018, 07:23
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can anyone please a throw a light on usage of compared to versus compared with
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27 Nov 2018, 07:59
“Compared with” - compare two things,

For example, when I compare my computer with my brain, I find my brain often slower to boot up (especially when it’s low on caffeine).

“compared to” – to liken something to something that is usually not comparable to the thing being likened.

For example, the computer is often compared to a human brain because of the way both process information. In this use, compare is synonymous with liken.
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27 Nov 2018, 08:06
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Learn to know your gaps my friend. If nothing, write here what you know. Someone will defiantly guide you.
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27 Nov 2018, 08:35
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Harshgmat wrote:
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GMATNinja, aragonn, hazelnut, generis

Harshgmat , gmatdordie , and martinod20
This question is not official.
The source of the question is Knewton- and it is at least 14 years old.

In the course of extensive research that I did a few weeks ago, I found this topic question posted in 2005.

The "compare to/with" issue crops up repeatedly and understandably concerns GMAT aspirants.

daagh is correct.

The GMAT does not test compare to and compare with.

I will find GMATNinja 's quote.
I believe that the latest quote from GMATNinja on the matter is from 2017.

Another expert, Payal from egmat , wrote:
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I have not found any question in OG12 that tests this usage. In fact there are two questions in OG12 that use the word "compared".
1: In Q123, "compared to" is used in 3 choices (all incorrect due to some other reasons).
2: In Q131, one choice uses "compared to" and the other uses "compared with". However, both choices are incorrect due to some other reasons.

Thus as other posters have mentioned above, as of now, GMAC does not test the difference between "compared to" and "compared with".

Thanks,

Payal

HERE.

Manhattan Prep GMAT Sentence Correction:
Quote:
"Note: the GMAT ignores the traditional distinction between COMPARED TO [] and COMPARED WITH []."

Page 223, 6th edition (2014).

RonPurewal :
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"Compared to" and "compared with" are completely interchangeable [on the GMAT].
That post is from 2014.
You can find that direct quote here.

In the excellent Magoosh Complete Guide to GMAT Idioms that can be downloaded from a link HERE , idiomatic usage of compare is addressed this way:
Quote:
compare A to B
compare to
compared to (or compared with)
in contrast to A, B
Here are some exemplary sentences to demonstrate proper usage.

17) Compared to/with California, New Jersey has a relatively small coast.
18) Compared to/with other writers of the early 20th century, James Joyce may seem to have
produced a limited output, if one judges purely by number of books.

In the downloaded pdf file, that material comes from page 12 of 101 pages.

The one and only question I have is seen is THIRTY years old.

In every OG from OG 13 (that version is the earliest I possess) to OG 2019 , the Verbal Reviews, and every official GMAT Prep question I could find—
(I ran this search a month ago, on October 22, because I saw a post that asserted what I see here)—
not one question tests that difference.

I don't have my research in front of me but I can confirm that egmat 's assertion holds for
EVERY official volume of questions published since OG 13 and for every other official question I could find.
I think I found three questions in which the phrases were used in different answer choices.

There was absolutely no mention of the distinction in the OEs. The correct answer had nothing to do with
the distinction. The correct answer could not have been found by knowing the distinction.

For those who assert that the distinction is still tested, please produce an example of an official question
from the last 10 years that tests the distinction.

Maybe then there will be a basis for this assertion.

At that point, GMATNinja , RonPurewal egmat
and the authors Manhattan Prep Sentence Correction Guide
would probably have to consider what to do or to say about their statements.
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27 Nov 2018, 08:56
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Hi aragonn

I have gone through the earlier discussions above and one thing is very clear that distinction between "compared to" and "compared with" is not going to be a testing point on GMAT.

"Both GmatNinja and Ron Purewal have mentioned time and again that ideally there is no difference between “compared to” and “compared with” and the usage is driven by the meaning in the sentence. "

But the point where I am not getting light is how to eliminate option D?

I understand shortcuts don't lead to Good GMAT score but there are times when one is too lazy....You just caught me off the guard at one such moment....
Thanks for your reproval.

Looking forward to detailed analysis as is usually done by GMATNinja for question of the day posts or generis
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Is this question from a reliable source? It changes everything I've known about compared to vs. comparison with
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martinod20 i ve read your comment like this: "Is this question from a reliable source? It changes everything I've known." i didnt read the rest part

may be this will help you as well as an additional source of info: https://www.manhattanprep.com/gmat/foru ... 30295.html

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28 Nov 2018, 08:14
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Compared with the 1906 earthquake, the 1989 San Francisco earthquake was smaller in magnitude but did more structural damage.

a) Compared with
b) In comparison with
c) In comparing
d) As compared to
e) Comparing

IMO A is correct. Battle is between A and D. When describing the similarities between unlike things, the idiom "compare to" is used.When describing the differences between like things, the idiom "compare with" is used.

Here 1906 earthquake and 1989 earthquake are similar things.

Aren't these choices redundant anyhow?
"Compared to/with X, Y is SMALLER... you could just say X is SMALLER than Y; we already know it's a comparison. GMATNinja
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