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    Hi,

    I would like to know if the following sentence is correct:

    The Italian Renaissance had a pagan outlook. Instead, the English one was much more interested in religious ideas.

    Can I use instead in this way, making a comparison? If not, why?

    Could I substitute it with "On the contrary" ?

    I woulda rather say The Italian Renaissance had a pagan outlook, while/whereas the English one....

    BUT I would like to Know if the sentence with INSTEAD is acceptable anyway.

    Thanks

    Rip.

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    Re: instead

    Quote Originally Posted by ripley
    Hi,

    I would like to know if the following sentence is correct:

    The Italian Renaissance had a pagan outlook. Instead, the English one was much more interested in religious ideas.

    Can I use instead in this way, making a comparison? If not, why?

    Could I substitute it with "On the contrary" ?

    I woulda rather say The Italian Renaissance had a pagan outlook, while/whereas the English one....

    BUT I would like to Know if the sentence with INSTEAD is acceptable anyway.

    Thanks

    Rip.
    The sentence is fine grammatically. However, I recommend against using it. That is because a renaissance is an intangible thing. It is neither an individual nor a group. It cannot have ideas. Perhaos:
    The Italian Renaissance had a pagan outlook. On the contrary, the English one was based much more on religion.
    All of your alternatives work fine.


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