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Chapter 4. Opposites and Contrasts > Despite, Although, Unlike, and In Contrast...

Despite, Although, Unlike, and In Contrast To

Other words and phrases that signal an opposite or contrast in meaning include despite, although, unlike, and in contrast to.

WHAT DO YOU KNOW?

Using these clues, write a definition of the italicized word in each of the following sentences, using the blank space provided.

1:Despite his great anxiety about the job interview, Mr. Carson appeared to be relaxed and calm.

anxiety: _________________________

A1: Mr. Carson looked calm, even though he was not. Emotional states that contrast with calm might include anger, nervousness, or excitement. Since it is not likely that Mr. Carson would be angry about a job interview, we might conclude that he was nervous. Indeed, to have anxiety is to be worried, nervous, or fearful.
2:Though Alice was a competent carpenter, she was very poor with numbers.

competent: _________________________

A2: Alice is not very good with numbers. This lack of ability is not true of her carpentry, however, in which she is capable, or competent.



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