Looking at both sides phrases The same or different

Decide how similar or different each of the groups of phrases below, then talk about what the (main/ most important) differences might be. If there are more than two, they are all the same or all different.

Determiners

1. An advantage/ The advantage

2. One of the advantages/ An advantage

3. Some advantages are…/ Some of the advantages are…

4. A great advantage/ The main advantage

Collocations with advantage

5. The greatest advantage/ The main advantage/ The most significant advantage

6. The greatest advantage/ The overwhelming advantage

7. By far the most important advantage/ The overwhelming advantage

8. A great advantage/ A major advantage/ A big advantage

9. A comparatively minor disadvantage/ A completely insignificant disadvantage

10. A more important advantage/ A very important advantage

11. A possible advantage/ A potential advantage

12. Another advantage/ A further advantage/ An additional advantage/ One more advantage

Other phrases for looking at both sides

13. Pros and cons/ Advantages and disadvantages

14. The advantages outweigh the disadvantages/ There are more pros than cons

15. A pro/ An advantage

16. A con/ A disadvantage

17. Arguments for/ Supporting arguments/ Arguments in support

18. Good and bad points/ Pluses and minuses

19. Disadvantage/ Drawback

20. Positive aspect/ Positive point

21. Negative effect/ Negative consequence

22. Positive consequence/ Benefit

23. Disadvantage/ Demerit

Contrasting phrases/ Turning to the other side of the argument

24. In contrast/ On the contrary

25. In contrast/ On the other hand

26. On the other hand/ On the other side of the coin/ Turning to the other side of the argument/ We can balance against this…

27. Nevertheless/ ,whereas…

28. Nonetheless/ Nevertheless/ Even though (all) that is true/ Despite all of this

29. However,…/…, but…

30. Despite…/ In spite of…

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Suggested answers

Determiners

1. An advantage/ The advantage – Very different

2. One of the advantages/ An advantage – The same

3. Some advantages are…/ Some of the advantages are… – Different

4. A great advantage/ The main advantage – The same

Collocations with advantage

5. The greatest advantage/ The main advantage/ The most significant advantage – The same

6. The greatest advantage/ The overwhelming advantage – Significantly different

7. By far the most important advantage/ The overwhelming advantage – The same

8. A great advantage/ A major advantage/ A big advantage – The same

9. A comparatively minor disadvantage/ A completely insignificant disadvantage – Different

10. A more important advantage/ A very important advantage – Different

11. A possible advantage/ A potential advantage – The same

12. Another advantage/ A further advantage/ An additional advantage/ One more advantage – The same

Other phrases

13. Pros and cons/ Advantages and disadvantages – The same

14. The advantages outweigh the disadvantages/ There are more pros than cons – Basically the same

15. A pro/ An advantage – Different (“Pros and cons” is a fixed expression – the general meaning of “a pro” is “a professional”)

16. A con/ A disadvantage – Different (“Pros and cons” is a fixed expression – the general meaning of “a pro” is “fraud/ a scam/ a rip off”)

17. Arguments for/ Supporting arguments/ Arguments in support – The same

18. Good and bad points/ Pluses and minuses – The same

19. Disadvantage/ Drawback – The same

20. Positive aspect/ Positive point – The same

21. Negative effect/ Negative consequence – The same

22. Positive consequence/ Benefit – The same

23. Disadvantage/ Demerit – Different (“Demerit” is rarely used in English outside school, where it is a punishment)

Contrasting phrases

24. In contrast/ On the contrary – Different (The latter means the thing just said isn’t true)

25. In contrast/ On the other hand – Different (The latter is only used to weigh things up)

26. On the other hand/ On the other side of the coin/ Turning to the other side of the argument/ We can balance against this… – The same

27. Nevertheless/ ,whereas… – Different (The former shows which side you agree with)

28. Nonetheless/ Nevertheless/ Even though (all) that is true/ Despite all of this – The same

29. However,…/…, but… – The same

30. Despite…/ In spite of… – The same

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