Can に対して be replaced with に比べて sometimes?

For comparing things. Taishite seems to have other comparison uses that are more specific but kurabete seems more flexible for general comparison use?


Prescriptively speaking, no, but descriptively speaking, yes. It happens informally/colloquially and in certain contexts.

So, in what contexts? That is when 「~~に対{たい}して」 is used to describe a contrast between two (or more) facts/things. When it means "towards", however, it could never be replaced by 「~~に比{くら}べて」.


You would see/hear:


"The average shoe size for Japanese men is 25cm. In contrast with that, that for Dutch men is 29cm."

Grammarians might prefer seeing/hearing 「に対して」 there instead, but who speaks to please grammarians in his daily conversations?

You would not see/hear:


"That teacher is very strict with his students."

That sentence is just out of the question. You must use 「に対して」 there.

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