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"In contrast to" is a phrase which is often translated as "a diferencia de", and "in contrast" is an adverb which is often translated as "por el contrario". Learn more about the difference between "in contrast to" and "in contrast" below.
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A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
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1. (general)
a. a diferencia de
In contrast to David, Henrietta actually has the right kind of experience.A diferencia de David, Henrietta realmente tiene el tipo adecuado de experiencia.
b. en contraste con
In contrast to your big plans for the weekend, I'm going to clean the house.En contraste con tus grandes planes para el fin de semana, voy a limpiar la casa.
c. en contraposición a
In contrast to his very serious sister, Steve is a comedian.En contraposición a su hermana muy seria, Steve es un comediante.
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An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (on the other hand)
a. por el contrario
I like classic cars. Mark, in contrast, prefers modern cars.A mí me gustan los autos clásicos. Mark, por el contrario, prefiere los modernos.
A preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun and another word (e.g. He ran through the door.).
2. (unlike; used with "to")
a. a diferencia de
In contrast to you, I care about other people's feelings.A diferencia de ti, a mí me importa lo que sienten los demás.
3. (compared with; used with "with")
a. en contraste con
Her black hair in contrast with the white pillow fascinated him.Le fascinaba su pelo, tan negro en contraste con la almohada blanca.
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