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"On the contrary" is a phrase which is often translated as "al contrario", and "on the other hand" is a phrase which is often translated as "por otro lado". Learn more about the difference between "on the contrary" and "on the other hand" below.
on the contrary(
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A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (general)
a. al contrario
Marissa is not angry with Scott. On the contrary, they had a great time this weekend.Marissa no está enojada con Scott. Al contrario, se divirtieron mucho este fin de semana.
b. por el contrario
French toast isn't very difficult to make at home. On the contrary, it's very easy.Tostada francesa no es difícil de hacer en casa. Por el contrario, es muy fácil.
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on the other hand(
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A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (indicating opposition)
a. por otro lado
On the one hand, I love shopping, but on the other hand, I need to save for college.Por un lado, me encanta ir de compras, pero por otro lado, tengo que ahorrar para la universidad.
b. por otra parte
On the one hand, I promised I'd buy her lunch, but on the other hand, she still owes me dinner.Por una parte, le prometí que le compraría el almuerzo, pero por otra parte, aún me debe una cena.
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