Contrast – Connectors

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Contrast to give more color to your conversationContrast can be hard to describe when speaking English. Here are some words that you can use to show how two things are different

You will find the word in contrast, then the pronunciation, the definition and the contrast word used in an example.

however /haʊˈɛvə/
Used to introduce a statement that contrasts with or seems to contradict something that has been said previously

I really like to practice my English. However, it is hard to find a place to practice.

in contrast /ˈkɒntrɑːst/

Compare two opposing things or ideas

My job is getting more and more complicated. In contrast, my salary hasn’t been raised.

nevertheless /nɛvəðəˈlɛs/

despite something that you have just mentioned

Dealing with the bureaucracy at the government offices is tiring. Nevertheless, you have to go through it in order to avoid getting into trouble.

nonetheless /nʌnðəˈlɛs/

despite this fact

I don’t think Paco will miss the deadline. Nonetheless, I sent him a reminder.

notwithstanding /nɒtwɪðˈstandɪŋ/

without being affected by something; despite something

He didn’t get the promotion, his qualifications notwithstanding.

yet /jet/

despite what has just been said

I asked my assistant to arrive on time. Yet, she keeps getting to work half an hour late.

on the other hand

Used to present factors which are opposed or which support opposing opinions
Monterrey has great opportunities for people who speak good English. On the other hand, employers have a hard time finding staff that speaks at the required level.

by comparison /kəmˈpærɪsn/

when compared with somebody/something

I was very stressed at my previous job. By comparison, in this company I’m so bored I could fall asleep sometimes.

on the contrary /ˈkɑːntreri/
used to introduce a statement that says the opposite of the last one

I don’t hate my job. On the contrary, I can’t imagine myself working anywhere else

instead /ɪnˈsted/

in the place of somebody/something

I didn’t want to take a side in the argument. Instead, I ignored them and waited for the steam to settle.

in any case

whatever happens or may have happened

I was thinking of going round Jim’s place. In any case, I haven’t been invited.

all the same

despite this

Yes, he’s very good-looking. All the same, I don’t think you should go out with him.

in spite of /spaɪt/

if you say that somebody did something in spite of a fact, you mean it is surprising that that fact did not prevent them from doing it

In spite of leaving 30 minutes earlier, he still got to work late.


despite /dɪˈspaɪt/
not taking into consideration those circumstances

Despite feeling sick, he went to work.

Having said that / that being said

used to introduce an opinion that makes what you have just said seem less strong

My English isn’t very good, that being said, I get across because I am not shy.
Although /ɔːlˈðoʊ/
used for introducing a statement that makes the main statement in a sentence seem surprising

Although he just got the job, he’s a fast learner and has gotten a hang of it.

Regardless /rɪˈɡɑːrdləs/

paying no attention, even if the situation is bad or there are difficulties
He gets to work on time, regardless of what time he went to bed the day before.

On the flip side
a different aspect of something (especially the opposite aspect)

You have a very nice job, on the flip side, if you accept working with us you could spend more time with your family because of travel time.