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Difference between に似た and と似た

Fuubuu

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Is there a difference in using に vs と?
For example:
彼の経歴は私の経歴似たところがある
vs
彼の経歴は私の経歴似たところがある
Thank you!
 

Majestic

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I think in most cases they are interchangeable. When 似る is combined with 合う to form 似合う you wouldn't use と. But I think in the case you gave above, the meaning is virtually the same no matter which particle you use.
 

raikado

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I think there is some difference. The way I learned them, と emphasizes mutuality, while に is more one-sided.
AはBに似ている = "A looks like B"
AはBと似ている = "A looks like B (and B looks like A)"

For example, a situation where と can't be used is when you say "My sister looks like Angelina Jolie." The relationship is not really mutual because you would never say "Angelina Jolie looks like my sister.".
 

mdchachi

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My wife also thinks there is some slight difference. She explained it and I promptly didn't retain it. It had to do with the coverage of what was 似ている. I pictured a Venn diagram. This is the kind of thing I don't bother "learning" any more. Either I pick it up or I don't.
 

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Another example that に is not appropriate is "a child looks like their parents/grandparents". For instance, you can hardly say お母さんはお子さんにそっくりですね.
 
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