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"Whereas" is a conjunction which is often translated as "mientras que", and "on the contrary" is a phrase which is often translated as "al contrario". Learn more about the difference between "whereas" and "on the contrary" below.
whereas(
wehr
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ahz
)
A conjunction is a word that connects words, phrases, clauses, or sentences (e.g. The cat and the dog slept.).
1. (while)
a. mientras que
I like the ocean, whereas my sister likes the forest.Me gusta el mar, mientras que a mi hermana le gusta el bosque.
2. (taking into account)
a. considerando que
Whereas the defendant has demonstrated remorse, he is eligible for early parole.Considerando que el acusado ha demostrado remordimiento, es elegible para libertad condicional.
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on the contrary(
an
 
thuh
 
kan
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treh
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ri
)
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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