Linking words; contrasting language.

Linking words help connect ideas and sentences. We can use them to provide examples, add information, summarize, organize information, indicate a cause or effect, or contrast ideas. In this article, we'll walk you through linking words that you can use to contrast ideas.

BUT / HOWEVER

However, it is more formal than but. However is usually used at the beginning of a sentence. According to many sources, using but at the beginning of a sentence is considered incorrect.

  • I tried to lift the box, but it was too heavy for me.  
  • I tried to lift the box. However, it was too heavy for me.

THOUGH / ALTHOUGH / EVEN THOUGH 

These three are very similar, although even though is considered a little stronger and more expressive than although and though. After these linking verbs, we use the subject and the verb.

  • Although I exercise every day, I can’t seem to lose any weight.
  • She still loves him, even though he treated her very badly.
  • Though I wasn't keen on the film, I thought the music was beautiful. 

Though can be at the end of the sentence. This way of expressing opposing ideas is most common in colloquial speech.

  • We waited for ages for our food. The waiter was really nice, though. 

DESPITE / IN SPITE OF

This pair of linking words is completely interchangeable, followed by a noun or gerund (a form of the -ing verb that can function as a noun).

  • Our plane arrived on time in spite of the delay during takeoff. 
  • We won the game despite having two fewer players.

IN SPITE OF THE FACT THAT / DESPITE THE FACT THAT

These phrases are followed by subject + verb.

  • Despite (in spite of) the fact that he had worked really hard, he didn't pass his exam. 

WHILE / WHEREAS; UNLIKE 

These connecting words are used to create contrasts. While and whereas are usually used between two complete phrases. Unlike is usually only used with the subject.

  • I like tennis, while my brother prefers bowling.
  • She's very friendly, unlike her sister.

Connect your suggestions with pleasure! Have a nice linking :)

Author: Andrew Shapovalov

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