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    Enquiry about linking words

    Hi!
    Hopefully you are fine.

    Just a quick question if you don't mind.

    If I would like to use "On the other hand,..." , should I use before it "On one hand,..."?

    Thank you so much.

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    Re: Enquiry about linking words

    Quote Originally Posted by Showaiter View Post
    Hi!
    Hopefully you are fine.

    Just a quick question if you don't mind.

    If I would like to use "On the other hand,..." , should I use before it "On one hand,..."?

    Thank you so much.

    Showaiter
    You can but you need not.

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    Re: Enquiry about linking words

    Quote Originally Posted by Showaiter View Post
    Hi!
    Hopefully you are fine.

    Just a quick question if you don't mind.

    If I would like to use "On the other hand,..." , should I use before it "On one hand,..."?

    Thank you so much.

    Showaiter
    Not necessarily. You can omit it if you want. For example:
    Making mistakes is not always a good thing. On the other hand, you learn a lot from them; that's how you make progress.


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    Re: Enquiry about linking words

    Corum and IHIVG,

    Thank you so much for your assistance :)

    Kindly regards,
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    Re: Enquiry about linking words

    I remember that a teacher of mine forced us to do it. We were obliged to have said "on the one hand" before using "on the other hand". Overkill? I don't know. If you are writing a very formal text perhaps you should use it. There is no harm in doing it.

    Neither a teacher nor a native speaker.

    PS My teacher was English native speaker. From the States to be precise.

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    Re: Enquiry about linking words

    Browsing around I have found one of the post sent by bhaisahab with the title Stranger than Fiction - 09-Feb.-2010. He uses "on the other hand" without having used previously "on the one hand". In case you may be interested......

    (I knew it was overkill )

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