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Which of the following is correct?

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The center of the small-town called Islip will develop compared to how it is in the present.

The center of small-town called Islip will develop compare to how it is in the present.

  • I would hyphenate a phrase like small town only if using it as an adjective, as in small-town ambience = the ambience typical of small towns. – Anton Sherwood Jul 17 at 2:07
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The phrase should be "compared to".

It is defined here:
Merriam-Webster "compared to"
idiom: in relation to (something else)
: measured or judged against (something else)

It is also discussed here:
Collins "compared to"

The form "compare to" cannot be used that way. It can be used like this:
You can compare the future development to the present.

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  • Thanks for your answer. – sara Jul 18 at 6:39

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