Compare and Contrast
Concept: What is Compare and Contrast?
- Compare is to tell what is same between two things.
- Contrast is to find out the differences between two things.
- Compare and contrast is used when we have to choose between two things.
- A Venn diagram is used for compare and contrast. It is a diagram used to create a comparison between two or more objects, people or events.
- Comparing and contrasting characters, objects, settings, subjects when you read helps to highlight certain details within the text.
- It also helps to organize information for better understanding.
- Let us compare and contrast Cats and Dogs.
Let us compare and contrast the two girls who are having a good time at
a popular café.
Words Used to Compare
Authors use certain words to compare. They are:
|Words that are used to Compare|
|similarly||as well as|
Usage of Compare Words in a Sentence:
- Both dogs and cats can be pets to people.
- We are alike in our food preferences.
Words Used to Show Contrast in the Text
Authors use certain words to show contrast. They are:
|Words that are used to show Contrast|
|while||on the other hand|
|in contrast to||as opposed to|
|whereas||on the contrary|
Usage of Contrast Words in a Sentence:
- Cats are carnivorous, while dogs are omnivorous
- I tried to open the door, but it was too tight.
Always compare and contrast subjects that are under the same categories.
Cats and Dogs
Birds and Dinosaurs
- Organize your points into a proper structure or outline: Write a sentence about Y right after you define X. This way you will understand whether you are going in the direction or not. Just create a table, or a chart and note down the points in respective areas.
- Don’t give opinions: You must not write any personal thoughts. Explain the contrast and comparison without expressing your feeling or emotions. It should be based on facts only.