Linking Words of Contrast – List and Examples

Linking Words of Contrast –List and Examples

The words “whereas,” “in contrast,” “however,” “notwithstanding,” “nevertheless,”  “while,” “In spite,” “despite,” and “on the other hand” are used to introduce and highlight contrasting or opposing ideas in a sentence. Here’s how to use them:


“Whereas” is used to introduce a contrasting or opposing idea, often to show a difference between two things or to emphasize a contrasting element.
Example: 1. She enjoys hot weather, whereas her brother prefers cold climates.
2. “She enjoys hiking, whereas her husband prefers to stay indoors.” In this sentence, “whereas” introduces a contrast between the outdoor activity (hiking) that she enjoys and the indoor preference of her husband.

In contrast:

“In contrast” is used to signal a difference or contrast between two ideas, concepts, or objects. Example: The first book was a thriller. In contrast, the second book was a romance novel.


“However” is used to introduce a contrast or exception to a previous statement or to indicate a shift in thought.
Example: She wanted to go to the beach; however, the weather was not suitable for swimming.


“While” can be used to indicate a contrast between two simultaneous actions or ideas. It’s often used when two contrasting actions occur at the same time.
Example: While she enjoys playing sports, her brother prefers reading books.


“Notwithstanding” is used to introduce a contrast or exception to a previous statement.
Example: She was an excellent student, notwithstanding her challenging family circumstances.


“Nevertheless” is used to indicate a contrast or concession in the face of a previous statement.
Example: The weather was unfavorable; nevertheless, they decided to go hiking.

In spite:

“In spite” is used to show a contrast or unexpected result in a sentence.
Example: In spite of,, the rain, they went for a walk in the park.


“Despite” is similar to “in spite of” and is used to express contrast or unexpected results.
Example: Despite the challenges, they managed to complete the project on time.

On the other hand:

“On the other hand” is used to introduce an opposing viewpoint or contrasting idea.
Example: Some people prefer summer; on the other hand, others enjoy winter sports.

It’s important to note that these words serve slightly different functions and can be used in various ways to highlight contrasting ideas in your writing. The choice of which one to use depends on the context and the specific contrast you want to emphasize.

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