In this lesson, we learn how to use Connectors of Contrast to express contrasts in English. Below are some common transitional words and phrases to show contrast.
Connectors of Contrast in English
To show the contrast between two ideas we can use the following Linking Words of Contrast
Used to indicate a contrast or contradiction
-> We all tried our best. However, we lost the game.
Used to say something which contrasts with what has just been said
-> He was very tired; nevertheless, he went on walking.
3. ON THE OTHER HAND
Used to say something that is different from the first thing mentioned
-> Nuclear power is relatively cheap. On the other hand, you could argue that it’s not safe.
4. ON THE CONTRARY
Used to show that a thought or feeling which is the opposite of what has just stated
-> You think you are clever; on the contrary, I assure that you are very foolish.
5. EVEN SO
Used to indicate something that is unusual or extreme
-> The new method is not perfect; even so, it’s much better than the old one.
Means despite the thing mentioned
-> Notwithstanding she is beautiful, she doesn’t think it goes for much.
Used to show that two ideas are opposing one another
-> Though she’s almost 40, she still plans to compete.
Used to show what the result will be if the thing or condition, mentioned before, does not occur
-> Walk slowly on the ice, otherwise, you’ll fall.
9. DESPITE/ IN SPITE OF
Used to show something which happens without being affected by something else
-> She looked lovely, despite her strange apparel.
10. EVEN THOUGH
Used as a stronger way to say “though” or “although“
-> We decided to play on even though it was snowing.
Used for introducing a new statement that makes the main statement surprising
-> She walked home by herself, although she knew that it was dangerous.
Used to link two contradictory thoughts
-> The substance may not affect humans. Nonetheless, the FDA is examining it closely.
Used to express an idea that is different from or opposite the other idea mentioned before
-> American consumers prefer white eggs; conversely, British buyers like brown eggs.
Used for comparing two things which have significant differences from each other
-> She is slender, whereas he is stout.
15. IN CONTRAST
Used to compare two things or people and to say that the second one is very different from the first one
-> It was cold yesterday, in contrast, it’s very hot today.
Used to add a statement which is different from what you have said before
-> It’s an old car, but it’s very reliable.
Used to add something that is surprising after the first sentence which is mentioned before
-> Kelly was a convicted criminal, yet many people admired him.
Means “during the time” or “throughout the time“
-> While there was no conclusive evidence, most people thought he was guilty.