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    Talking on one hand or on the one hand

    Dear teachers:
    Today, when I do my homework, I found a question about two phrases, on one hand and on the one hand. I dont know how to distinguish between these two phrases.
    Firstly, I look up both of them in the dictionary. They have the same meaning of from one point of view. However, when they were used in different language environment, maybe they have different meanings and usages.
    In my opinion, usually, on one hand collocates with on the other or is used alone. For example, But conservationists on one hand and advocates of development on the other disagree over its extent and whether it has been positive or negative. On one hand, the basic communication tools now available make distance almost a non-issue. But then, on the one hand is often used with on the other hand. For example, On the one hand, I can be native, but on the other hand, Ive lived.
    Is my opinion right or not? May I ask you to solve this problem? Thanks a lot!

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    Re: on one hand or on the one hand

    http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/on+one+hand
    'The' is in brackets, so it may simply be optional.

    The same question has just been asked by another Chinese student on https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/t...24#post1106524
    Is s/he your schoolmate?

    Not a teacher.
    Last edited by Matthew Wai; 24-Oct-2014 at 11:43.

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    Re: on one hand or on the one hand

    And by another one here.

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