1. To compare the calculations, we plot the following graphs.

  2. To make a comparison with the calculations, we plot the following graphs.

Which one is better and clearer?

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    Are you making a comparison with the calculations or of the calculations. (1. would suggest it's of) – Jim Jul 9 '15 at 21:34
  • Thanks. Comparison with. Calculation is like one thing and graphs plotting is another thing. @jim – Ka-Wa Yip Jul 9 '15 at 23:08

Compare is an action verb. When you use the term compare your describing the action of assessing one thing and another. Comparison is a noun, so when you're talking about a comparison, it refers to what was compared.

Ex. I compared the two pairs of scissors together, and the comparison revealed the only difference was in the shape of their handles.

I would go w/choice #2 as it clearly states that information will be there to compare.

  • When you're writing, keep in mind that your writing will be much better received if you're diligent about ensuring that your use of your and you're are correct. – Jim Jul 10 '15 at 17:13

Number 1 is better. It is clearer and more concise. Number 2 is wordier, and it might even be grammatically incorrect.

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