Boost Your Vocabulary: 22 Sentence Starters to Help You Link Contrasting Ideas

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The right words give you the power to connect different ideas and give your reader an idea of what to expect. 

So far in this series, we’ve shared sentence starters you can use to introduce, expand on, or illustrate an idea and sentence starters that demonstrate a cause-and-effect relationship between two ideas

Think of today’s words as bridges that allow you to smoothly guide your reader from one idea to a contrasting one. 

  1. Alternatively
    You may wish to check spellings in the dictionary. Alternatively, using a spellchecker may be quicker.
  2. Although
    Although English grammar can be complex, many students excel with at it practice and patience.
  3. As opposed to
    As opposed to American English spelling, some publications prefer British English spelling.
  4. Conversely
    Some people struggle with grammar but excel at spelling. Conversely, some people who find grammar rules tricky may find that spelling is quite challenging for them too.
  5. Despite
    Despite his nerves, he aced the test.
  6. Different from/to
    Different from/to British English, American English has distinct spellings and pronunciations. 
  7. Even though
    Even though he was a natural at spelling, he struggled with the intricacies of English grammar.
  8. However
    English spelling can be challenging. However, Spellzone makes it easier!
  9. In contrast
    In contrast to her impeccable spelling, her grammar was atrocious.
  10. Instead
    Instead of focusing solely on spelling, we should also pay attention to grammar for well-rounded writing.
  11. Nevertheless
    English spelling may be tricky. Nevertheless, it's essential to master for effective communication.
  12. Notwithstanding
    Notwithstanding his nerves, he aced the test.
  13. On the other hand
    Grammar can be confusing. On the other hand, it is vital for clear writing.
  14. Other than
    Other than the occasional spelling mistake, her essay was well-structured and free of errors.
  15. Otherwise
    Please proofread your work. Otherwise, grammar and spelling mistakes will detract from your message.
  16. Outside of
    Outside of English classes, it's crucial to apply grammar and spelling rules in day-to-day writing.
  17. Rather
    Rather, instead of reading more, she may wish to focus on her spelling. 
  18. Still
    Still, while passing tests is important, it is crucial to apply grammar and spelling rules in day-to-day writing too.
  19. Unlike
    Unlike her brother who prefers Science, she is good at spelling.
  20. Whereas
    Whereas her father used pen and paper to learn spellings when he was at school, she uses Spellzone!
  21. While
    While spelling may be easy in other languages, it is difficult in English.
  22. Yet
    Yet, despite missing so much school, her spelling skills remained strong. 

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16 Nov 2023
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"Thank goodness for Spellzone during this remote learning phase. The site is easy for students to navigate independently and they're really enjoying the activities and spelling games. You get an awful lot for your money with Spellzone. Really reassuring is the very prompt response with helpdesk queries. I've very rarely needed the helpdesk, but when I have, the issue has been addressed and sorted within a very short time."

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