Compare with/Compare to • To compare to is to point out or imply resemblances between objects that are not of the same class or group • To compare with is to point out differences between objects within the same class or group. • Thus, life has been compared to a pilgrimage, to a drama, to a battle; Congress may be compared with the British Parliament. Paris has been compared to ancient Athens; it may be compared with modern London. Source: Strunk & White’s Elements of Style
Compare with/Compare to • To compare to is used in the figurative or metaphorical sense, as in ANALOGIES. Compare to is about making a creative comparison. So, Jennifer’s hair can be compared TO a river of silk. • To compare with is to put 2 similar things side by side and examine their similarities and differences. Compare with is all about facts and statistics, NOT creativity of comparison. You can compare Jennifer’s hair WITH Samantha’s hair.