May I say: "The jackal relates to the dog as the tiger to the cat"? Or must it be "corresponds", or anything else?


The way this is typically expressed in English is simply by using the verb is:

The jackal is to the dog as the tiger is to the cat.

Personally, I'd avoid using relates. When I read:

The jackal relates to the dog...

I imagine the two animals conversing somehow (perhaps over a card game or something). It's not ungrammatical; it's just not usual.


I've usually seen these type of statements styled as

"A is to B as X is to Y"

So in the case of your analogy, "Jackal is to dog, as tiger is to cat"

  • Have you dropped the articles intentionally? – Serguei Nov 19 '16 at 10:38
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    Yes I did - analogies such as these are usually indefinite - we're not talking about a specific jackal or a specific tiger. Therefore the definite article the is not required. Of course if my assumption is incorrect, and you are actually referring to a specific jackal, dog, tiger and cat, then I'm wrong :) – mike Nov 19 '16 at 10:46

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