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What's the difference between "comparison between" and "comparison for"?

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"Comparison between" is used when you are listing choices to be compared- as in, "We can make a comparison between Toyotas and Volkswagons."

"Comparison for" is used when articulating the intent of the comparison- as in, "We can compare these two answers for similarities."

So, "what's being compared" vs "what you're looking for during the comparison"

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