Compare and Contrast

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The Compare/ Contrast Essay

First, let’s explain compare and contrast:

When we compare, we show our readers a subject's similarities.
When we contrast, we show our readers a subject's differences.

Compare and Contrast essays are learning-process essays. You learn about your subject as you gather and organize information.

This type of essay takes a bit of organization, and it's this organizational process, this gathering of facts, that helps you learn as you go.

You will create lists of qualities or traits that each of your subjects has, and as you do this, you will discover insights to your subject that, at first glance, you may not have realized were there.

It’s like buying a new shirt. The moment you spread it out on
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And you will either compare or contrast, not both. Be careful, sometimes going point by point can make your writing sound tedious and repetitive. Watch your language and transition words. Use several points at a time.

Ending: As in the argumentative essay, bring it all together. Allow your ending to go back to your thesis. Use the transitional words on the next page to help your paper’s coherence. Transitions and other connecting words and connecting sentences should be used throughout.

Remember: There are no hard and fast rules as to how many comparisons or contrasts you should offer. For a thorough look into your subject, you must offer enough comparisons or contrasts or both to make a valid statement.

Transitional Words (Conjunctival Adverbs)

Use these words to help you connect your thoughts, your sentences, and your paragraphs:

(Lest you wish to sound pedantic, tiptoe with caution through words such as "indeed," and "of course.")

addition again, also, and, and then, besides, equally important, finally, first, further, furthermore, in addition, in the first place, last, moreover, next, second, still, too

comparison also, in the same way, likewise, similarly

concession granted, naturally, of course

contrast although, and yet, at the same time, but at the same time, despite that, even so, even though, for all that, however, in contrast, in spite of, instead, nevertheless, notwithstanding, on the contrary, on the

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