From the Chicago Tribune, a construction I am constantly trying to get my student writers to avoid:

"One independent publisher whose Amazon order was 75% lower as compared to last year told Publishers Weekly that they were facing a 'nightmare scenario.'”

75% lower THAN. There is absolutely no reason for "as compared to" unless you are getting paid by the word, and students writing theses and dissertations are not.

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The above is a post from one of my friends on FB. Do you agree with her? I am a bit dubious.

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Hi, Freeguy,

First of all, it's clear that we are comparing the orders, not the years:

- This year the order was 75% lower than / (as) compared to (the one) last year.

I think (as) compared to is stylistically a good option to substitute for than. There is no grammatical reason to prefer one over the other: it's just a question of choice, in my opinion.

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