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    'on the contrary' or 'to the contrary'

    Hello, Teachers.

    I just learnt two phrases: 'on the contrary' and 'to the contrary'. I know there must be something different between them, but I can not pin it down.

    For example, in the following sentence, can I substitute 'on the contrary' for 'to the contrary'?
    I will come on Monday unless you write to the contrary.

    It would be very nice if I could have your explanation or advice.

    Thanks in advance.

    Enydia

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    Re: 'on the contrary' or 'to the contrary'

    From to the contrary - definition of to the contrary by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

    on the contrary
    In opposition to what has been stated or what is expected.
    Ex: I'm not sick; on the contrary, I'm in the peak of health.


    to the contrary
    To the opposite effect from what has been stated or what is expected.
    Ex: Despite what you say to the contary, this contract is fair.

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