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    Default Any other terms for 'contrary to'?

    Hi,

    Is there any other terms used, casually, instead of 'contrary to' in a sentence like the following one?

    'Contrary to him, I refused to give up!'


    I'd appreciate any help.

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    Default Re: Any other terms for 'contrary to'?

    Your sentence isn't natural.

    Unlike him, I refused to give up.
    In contrast to his approach, I refused to give up.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: Any other terms for 'contrary to'?

    Would it be, then, correct to say (ever in informal English?!!!):

    'Contrary to what he did, I refused to give up!'

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    Default Re: Any other terms for 'contrary to'?

    No. That's not generally how we use "contrary to".

    Contrary to his announcement yesterday, today he announced that there will in fact be job losses when the company changes hands.
    Contrary to what we were told last week, Brad Pitt actually did show up at the festival on Monday.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: Any other terms for 'contrary to'?

    It took me a while to work out, but in these cases there's a report or claim. It also works for an expectation or belief.

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