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May 12, 2002

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On "What" Other Hand?

Your teachers will be forever grateful if you learn to use transitions correctly. One of the most commonly misused: "on the other hand" when the student really means "in addition."

Think of "on the other hand" as a big, long wordy "but." I must say, as a reader and a teacher, that seeing "on the other hand" in the wrong place is, at the very least, confusing. 

Here is a little table of commonly used transitions and their uses:

Listing Points Counter Examples Additional Ideas Cause and Effect
first However Another Therefore
second Even though Related to Thus
third On the other hand (!) In addition to As a result of
  Nevertheless Furthermore Consequently
  But Also  

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