AppleS-to-appleS comparison

Posted by RRC on February 21, 2008 at 16:06:

In Reply to: Apple-to-apple comparison posted by Raheela Shaheen on February 21, 2008 at 12:41:

: I want to know the meanings of "apple-to-apple comparison". What is it's sense? I searched so many sites but not satisfied. can u please help me?

When you compare to things that are so unlike that the comparison makes no sense, you are said to be comparing apples to oranges. My car can tow a bigger trailer than your boat - cars and boats don't tow the same types of things nor in the same way so that might be an apples-to-oranges comparison. For your comparision to be relevant therefore, you should compare apples to apples. My SUV can tow a bigger trailer than your car. Sports utility vehicles and cars are similar enough that valid comparisons can be made.