Rank and use comparing contrasting phrases FCE Speaking Part Two

Without looking below, look at some FCE Speaking Part Two tasks and brainstorm phrases you could use to compare and contrast the two photos.  

Put the phrases that you are given in order by how useful they are likely to be to compare and contrast those photos

Compare with the suggested answers under the fold below.

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Cards to cut up/ Suggested answers, in approximate order of usefulness for Speaking Part Two

 

Both… and…/ … and… both

 

…, whereas…/ …, but…

 

…. In contrast,…

 

Unlike…,….

 

…, and so is/ does…

 

…, and… is/ does too.

 

…, and… is/ does as well.

 

A/ One difference/ similarity (which stands out) is…

 

One thing that… and… have in common is…

One of the (few) similarities/ differences between… and… is…

Another/ An additional difference/ similarity (which is instantly apparent) is…

The most obvious/ important/ apparent similarity/ difference (for me) between… and… is…

A striking similarity/ difference is…

… and… are (quite/ very/ really/ really quite) similar/ different, for example…

… and…. are (quite/ very/ really/ really quite) similar/ different in terms of/ because…

… is different/ similar, in that…

Compared to…,…

In comparison to…,…

…, as is/ does….

… and… have a lot in common, for example…/ … and… don’t have much in common, but…

There are more similarities than differences between… and… For instance,…

…. In a similar way,…

A/ One contrast between… and… is that…

The most apparent difference/ similarity between… and… is…

The only difference/ similarity between… that I can see is…

The main similarity/ difference between… and… is…

…and that is (more or less) the same for…

… and… share some features, e.g….

… is (slightly/ a bit/ somewhat/ quite a lot/ a great deal/ substantially/ a lot/ much/ far/ much much/ far far) … er/ more… than…

… is not (nearly/ quite) as… as…

A more subtle difference is…

… differs from… in that…

…. Likewise,…

Use the same cards while working together to compare and contrast exam pictures.

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