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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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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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C & E are out since there is no one in the sentence who is doing this comparison aka subject is missing.
B - incorrect idiom
E - not sure if As compared to also is correct idiom. According to my understanding again there has to be a subject that should be compared in order to show similarity. e.g. Sachin is compared to Donald in batting prowess.
A - should be correct idiomatically. To compare A with B is correct when pointing out dissimilarities.
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is this from official guide?
why b is wrong?

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New post 27 Nov 2017, 06:51
In my opinion the answer to this question is (A)

Reason: “Compared with” is used to point out the similarities as well as the differences.
D is incorrect coz “compared to” is used to point out only the similarities.



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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.
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Is there any difference between the usage of Compared with and Compared to?
Manhattan Prep page says nothing??
https://www.manhattanprep.com/gmat/foru ... t2071.html

Then what is the basis for choosing A over D here?

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