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Is only one of them correct? Are they used in different situations? Or are they interchangeable?

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From Strunk and White:

To compare to is to point out or imply resemblances between objects regarded as essentially of a different order;

To compare with is mainly to point out differences between objects regarded as essentially of the same order.

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.

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Could you please provide more example about "compare to" and "compare with"? Thanks. –  Anonymous Aug 13 '10 at 2:22
    
Is this right? You compared to me. Here, the result of the comparison is ordered, e.g., you are less important then me. And, You compared with me. The result is non-ordered, e.g., You like C, but I like Pascal. –  Xiè Jìléi Feb 14 '11 at 6:13
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