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    compare vs. contrast words

    Hello!

    I was just wondering whether I have put the following pieces of vocab under the correct heading........

    Compare (show similarities): Contrast(show differences):

    as well as different from/to (poss. mention than)
    at the same time unlike
    both whereas
    like however
    same as on the other hand
    similar to but
    similarly yet
    also faster, bigger, better (i.e. comparatives)
    too

    I know I have put comparatives in the contrasting words column but if I say, for example, "Jack is taller than John", I am showing the difference between them in height rather than the similarity, right???
    How do I explain to students that comparatives belong in the contrast column (if this is in fact correct)?!!

    Many thanks :)

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    Re: compare vs. contrast words

    The problem for me is the use of the word compare as only for showing the similarities- when you compare things, you can observe both the similarities and differences, so can you change the headings?

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    Re: compare vs. contrast words

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    The problem for me is the use of the word compare as only for showing the similarities- when you compare things, you can observe both the similarities and differences, so can you change the headings?
    I've had that problem since primary school. But apparently that's what "compare" means in "Compare and contrast" essays and exercises. Perhaps this is an example of a redundancy that's come about from not knowing whether "compare" carries both functions?

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