ADJ. favourable, unfavourable | broad, crude, simple | close, detailed, direct | fair, good, meaningful, useful, valid | unfair
VERB + COMPARISON draw, make It's difficult to make a direct comparison?the two things are so different. | allow, enable, facilitate, invite The similarity between the two invites comparison. | bear, stand Our problems don't bear comparison with those elsewhere.
PREP. by ~ (with) Jane is still quite young, and Fiona seems old by comparison. | for ~ Let's put them side by side for comparison. | in ~ to/with The glasses are small in comparison with the old ones. | ~ between a comparison between figures for last year and this year | ~ with a comparison with other schools
PHRASES a basis for comparison to provide a basis for comparison | a point of comparison