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May I compare thee to a summer’s day? (Shakespeare, Sonnet 18)
In sum, Compare to is used when things are being likened. Compare with is used when the comparison is more speciﬁc and implies
Each . . . other refer to two entities; where more than two are concerned, use one . . . another.
The two of them hated each other with a passion. The four of us looked at one another and laughed.
Student Notes: www.manhattanreview.com c 1999 - 2008 Manhattan Review Sentence Correction Guide – Sentence Correction
126.96.36.199 46 GMAT Idiom List a lot – The proper form is two words, not alot.
agree on – must be followed by the -ing form of a verb.
an instance of – is different in meaning from an example of. An example is one of a number of things while an instance is an
example which proves or illustrates. People may be examples but never instances.
as vs. than – The words are not interchangeable. Use as for comparisons of similarity or equality and than for comparisons of
degree or difference. Always use than with the comparative (-er) form of an adjective.
as good as or better than – is a clich´ and should be avoided. Do not telescope a comparison of similarity - as with a comparison of
degree - than. A better construction is to break the juxtaposition up into separate thoughts.
as ... as – is a grammatical way of expressing similarity: he is as tall as his sister.
such ... as – is grammatical when both words are used as prepositions in a comparison: such men as he. Avoid as such when
meaning in principle.
based on – The phrasal verb based on is grammatical and can be used either actively or passively.
The style of her cooking is based on Southern cuisine.
She bases her thinking on sound logic.
depends on whether – The construction is generally accepted and is certainly preferable to depends on if.
His fate depends on whether the governor calls back in time.
different from vs. different than (differ from)– Although strict grammarians say that from is the correct word to use after different,
many authorities believe that than may be used in order to avoid elaborate constructions. In contrast, the authorities agree that from
is the correct word when used with differ.
He is a different man than he was in 1985. Compare to: He is a different man from the man that he was in 1985.
Identical with/to – Identical may be used with either preposition without changing the intended meaning.
no less a ... than – The expression is an accepted idiom meaning great or not less impressive.
not only/but also – Not only is always followed by but also in a sentence.
The subways in summer are not only hot, but also humid.
regard as – The verb regard may be used with as and either an adjective or a noun.
We regard George’s ranting as silly. The tribe regards shaking hands as taboo.
Do not use regard with an inﬁnitive or being: He is regarded to be an expert; He is regarded as being an exper...
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