I still cannot understand what the difference is between 'compare and contrast 'and 'compare' ....
Walter this is where language gets hazy.Compare and contrast
can mean exactly what compare
does or for that matter what contrast
does.Compare and contrast
is often a "prompt" for students in school to compare and contrast two things (the joke above is playing off that connotation in American English, I can't speak to other variants of English).
Rarely are you going to come across compare and contrast
in day to day English.
Just know that compare
are often effectively synonyms which differ to whether the relation is more one of difference or similarity (of course you are going to find them listed as antonyms in most basic English references).
You first formulation of comparing and contrasting compare
works just fine; however, the usage is more nuanced.