Compared To vs. Compared With

When you are stressing the similarities of two different things, use “compared to.” You can usually substitute “likened to” for “compared to.”

Examples:
A vertical well can be compared to a straw in a very tall glass of soda pop.
Buying an oilfield from another company can be compared to buying a used car: the seller is going to emphasize the positives while concealing the negatives.

If you are comparing both the similarities and the differences between two similar things, use “compared with.”

Examples:
Please ask her to compare Version B with Version D of this control valve specification.
The wireline formation tester’s “mini-DST” results were compared with conventional well testing using drillstem test results.
Nothing compares with Nanny’s home cooking, especially her butter beans and corn bread!

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