Sometimes teachers assign a comparison/contrast essay. But
what does your teacher mean exactly?
compare, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is “To speak of or
represent as similar; to liken.” Thus, if your teacher asks you to
compare, find the similarities. Remember, however, to have a good
reason for comparing, such as to show how each one is equally suitable
or reliable, for example.
contrast, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is “To set in
opposition … in order to show strikingly their different qualities or
characteristics, and compare their superiorities or defects.” In
contrast, clearly, one needs to make a choice. One or the other is
preferable, more suitable, more reliable and so on.
Take care and you soon will be writing good work. For more
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