Today we are going to review useful conjunctions for contrastive sentences. ‘Contrastive’ means ‘forming contrast’ or ‘to contrast’. These simple examples shows what contrastive sentence are: ‘He likes mathematics, but does not like geography’, or ‘She likes mathematics, but he does not’.
In order to produce high quality academic essays, you need to use a variety of conjunctions in appropriate contexts. Here are five examples.
5 useful conjunctions for contrastive sentences
1. On the one hand/on the other hand
- Example: On the one hand smokers should have the right to smoke if they want to, but on the other hand non-smokers should have the right to breathe smoke-free air.
- Example 1: Conversely, a slump in domestic investment will expand the current account surplus.
- Example 2: If you love and encourage your children, they will develop good self-esteem. Conversely, if you are harsh and critical, they may become angry and insecure.
3. Despite + verb + ing / Despite this / Despite + noun
- Example 1: Despite being a more sustainable form of energy than fossil fuels, there are still considerable drawbacks to nuclear power.
- Example 2: The market saw a brief period of economic growth. Despite this, the general trend was downwards.
- Example 3: Despite a brief period of economic growth, the general trend was downwards.
- Example: Although much of our garbage contains valuable raw materials, most of it is simply burned or buried.
- Example: While the few may be for war, the many are almost always for peace.
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