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Contrast Linkers 

But versus However 

But is more informal than however. You can use however at the beginning of a sentence. You can't use but at the beginning of a sentence in written English.
  • I can understand Italian but I can't speak it very well.
  • I can understand Italian. However, I can't speak it very well.

Despite versus In spite of

These linking words are the same. They are followed by a noun or a gerund.
  • We had a great time despite the rain.
  • We lost the game, despite the fact that we practised all week.
  • Despite not having an umbrella, I walked home in the rain.
  • I understood everything in spite of the loud noise.
  • I didn't find it, in spite of the fact that I had looked for it all night.
  • In spite of leaving school at 16 without any qualifications, he went on to have a successful career.

Despite the fact that and In spite of the fact that

These phrases are followed by a subject + verb.
  • We had a great time despite the fact that it rained all weekend.
  • He has a successful career, in spite of the fact that he has no qualifications.

Although versus Even though

These linking words are the same. They are both followed by a subject + verb.
  • She's rather shy, although she's not as bad as she used to be.
  • Even though I was invited to the party, I didn't go.


This linking word, when found in the middle of two phrases, has a meaning similar to but. It has a meaning similar to despite this when placed at the end (in spoken English).
  • They are coming next week, though I don't know which day.
  • I felt sick. I went to work though.

While versus Whereas v Unlike

These linking words are used to show how two things are different from each other.While and whereas are used between two complete phrasesUnlike is used with only a subject.
  • Dave is talkative while his girlfriend is very quiet.
  • In that picture he is smiling whereas in this one he look quite serious.
  • Unlike me, my brother excels in sport.

On the other hand

This linker is used to compare two different facts or two opposite ways of thinking about the same situation.
  • On (the) one hand I'd like a job that pays more, but on the other hand I am quite happy with the job I have now.
  • I like classical music, but on the other hand, my boyfriend loves jazz.


This linker is used to say something surprising that contradics what has just been said.
  • He's overweight and bald, yet somehow, he is attractive.
  • He studied a lot, yet he didn't pass the exam.

Now follow these links and do the exercises:

1) http://www.myenglishpages.com/site_php_files/grammar-exercise-although.php

2) http://www.eltbase.com/quiz/148_01.htm

3) http://www.flo-joe.co.uk/cae/students/writing/linking/contrast.htm


Fecha: 2/5/2017 | Creado por: Nora
Categoria: UNIT 9