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Which of the following is correct?

Match the value in the request field with the value in the delivery field.


Match the value in the request field to the value in the delivery field.

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In my understanding, both are valid, but they mean different things.

To match A with B means to consider the pair (A, B) a set, or to purposely place them together:

In the seating arrangements, I matched John with Cynthia and boy, did they have a spirited discussion.

I matched the hyacinths with the zinnias. Don't they look great together?

To match A to B means to find some B that corresponds to the relevant aspect of A:

To locate the invoice for this order, you have to match the primary key of table ORDER to the foreign key of table INVOICE.

In order for the room to look its best, you have to match the drapes to the carpet.

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You hear "match with" much more than "match to", so I'd say "with".

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What you hear more often is not necessarily what is correct for a particular instance. – TrevorD Jun 27 '13 at 23:52
I agree, I was just going off of the impression that both could be "correct", so you are left with a subjective decision. – trpt4him Jun 30 '13 at 23:02

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