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Chapter 4. Opposites and Contrasts > Nonetheless, But, and However

Nonetheless, But, and However

Nonetheless, but, and however are other words that signal a contrast.

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:The work in those two offices is equivalent, but the pay is different.

equivalent: _________________________

A1: We know that the pay for work in the two offices is not the same; the pay is different. The signal word but tells us that the work itself is in contrast to the pay; therefore, we can conclude that the work is the same. In short, the work is the same, or equal, but the pay is different.
2:The office was in close proximity to Celia's house; however, it was a long drive in the heavy traffic.

proximity: _________________________

A2: Does Celia live near her office? If so, the drive to work should be a short one. The sentence tells us that the drive is a long one, and the signal word however tells us this is contrary to what we expect. The drive is a long one, but the office is near. Your common sense and the contrast signal tell you that proximity means “nearness.”



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