Comparing and contrasting reviews vocabulary

Complete First Unit 8

Comparing and contrasting questions

What’s the difference between… and…?

Is… the same as…?

What do… and… have in common?

Am I right in thinking that…?

Useful phrases for comparing and contrasting

Both… and…/ …, and so…/ …, and… as well.

They are the (complete) opposite of each other.

They are completely different/ almost totally different/ very different/ fairly similar/ very similar/ almost (totally) the same/ totally the same.

…, whereas…

… In contrast,…

Unlike…,….

Like…,….

The (main/ only) difference between them is…

The (main/ only) thing that they have in common is…

… is (much/ quite a lot/ a little) more… than…

… is (far/ substantially/ slightly)… er than…

… isn’t (nearly) as… as…

Do you ever…?/ Have you ever…?

Do you like…?/ Do you prefer…?

Do you prefer…?/ Would you prefer…?

Do you like…?/ Would you like…?

How was it?/ What was it like?

I couldn’t recommend… more./ I don’t recommend… at all.

I don’t mind…/ I don’t like…

I hate…/ I detest…/ I loathe…

I highly recommend…/ I thoroughly recommend…

I like…/ I love…/ I adore…

I really didn’t like it./ I didn’t really like it.

What do you like about…?/ What do you think about…?

What kind of… do you…?/ What sort of…do you…?

You won’t be disappointed if you…

You won’t regret…

 

ad/ commercial

alternative music/ indie music/ independent music

amazing/ brilliant/ terrific/ fantastic/ excellent/ superb/ outstanding

animation/ anime

annoying/ irritating

article/ essay

attractive/ stunning

autobiography/ biography

awful/ dreadful/ terrible

boring/ dull

broadsheet/ tabloid

castle/ palace

charming/ enchanting

childish/ juvenile

chorus/ choir

classical music/ a classic

column/ editorial

comics/ comic strips/ graphic novels

concert/ gig/ festival

costume drama/ historical drama

dance music/ EDM

disgusting/ revolting

drama/ soap opera

dubbing/ subtitles

exciting/ gripping

expensive/ overpriced

famous/ notorious

faultless/ impeccable/ perfect

films/ movies

funny/ hilarious

gallery/ museum

hobbies/ interests

interested in…/ keen on…/ obsessed by…

intriguing/ fascinating

local history museum/ natural history museum

lyrics/ poems

magazines/ journals

memorable/ unforgettable

movie theatre/ cinema

movie theatre/ theatre

murder mystery/ whodunit

least favourite/ most hated

news/ current affairs

nice/ delightful

novels/ novellas/ short stories

original/ unique

prequel/ sequel

rap/ hip hop

remake/ rerun

ridiculous/ silly

rom-com/ romance

short stories/ shorts

sit-com/ stand-up/ sketch show

soft rock/ heavy metal

surprising/ astonishing

text/ textbook

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Comparing and contrasting language

Without looking above for now, fill the gaps below with possible words. Words which aren’t above are also sometimes possible.

Comparing and contrasting questions

What _____________ the difference between… and…?

Is… _____________ same as…?

What do… and… have _____________________ common?

Am I right __________________ thinking that…?

 

Useful phrases for comparing and contrasting

Both… and…/ …, and so…/ …, and… ________________ well.

They are the (complete) opposite _____________________ each other.

They are completely different/ _____________ totally different/ very different/ fairly similar/ very similar/ almost (________________) the same/ totally the same.

…, whereas…

… __________ contrast,…

_____like…,….

Like…,….

The (main/ only) difference _________________ them is…

____________ (main/ only) thing that they have in common is…

… is (much/ quite __________ lot/ a little) more… than…

… is (far/ substantially/ ________)… er than…

… isn’t (nearly) ______________… as…

Compare with the phrases on the first page. Note that other words might be possible, so please check with your teacher if you have other ideas.

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