Comparison and Contrast
The essays below compare or contrast two like things (e.g. two websites, two cities, two school systems). You can learn to use this pattern from these websites:
- Excelsior College Online Writing Lab (OWL): Compare and Contrast Essay
- Harvard College Writing Center: How to Write a Comparative Analysis
- Lumen: Writing for Success: Comparison/Contrast
- UNC Chapel Hill Writing Center: Comparing and Contrasting
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Match.com and PetFinder.org want to help people find their perfect companion. Susan Hogan, a writer and teacher, describes her experiences using these two websites.
Writing for Nautilus, Rose Eveleth details how a computer bug in an online role-playing game might provide answers on the behavior of real-world diseases.
We often associate charisma with an open, gregarious personality and great leadership. But does that mean introverts cannot lead? Author Susan Cain looks at the two personality styles.
After a study named New York "the greatest city in the world of the future," the editors at the Atlantic detail the similarities between New York and London.
Writer and father Joe DeProspero explains the differences between full-time professionals and full-time parents.
Gay editor, podcaster, and blogger Zack Ford illustrates the distinction between transgender and drag.
When is it okay to put down a zoo animal? European and US zoos want their animals to have different experiences, which means that healthy animals sometimes die at the zookeeper's hands. Writing for Mother Nature Network, Laura Moss explains the differences in zoo philosophies.
Most people—including hiring managers—generally think extroverts make the best sales staff and managers. Recent research, though, indicates that this belief might be incorrect.
Rebecca Schuman, education columnist for Slate, describes the differences between the German and American college experience.