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Advanced Composition: Comparison-Contrast Paragraphs
March 2, 2000
Use comparison-contrast development to compare (show likeness) or
contrast (show difference). Each has a specific purpose: comparison shows
how things we consider different are actually alike in some ways; contrast
shows how things we consider alike are actually different in some
|The comparison-contrast paragraph can be organized in two ways: One
way is to explain all of subject A, point by point; then all of
subject B, with the same points in parallel. The other way is to do
point one for A, then for B; then do point two etc.. |
|Be sure to have a purpose for your paragraph. Why are you comparing
or contrasting? You may try to explain, to entertain, or to persuade.|
|How will you compare or contrast? You may prefer one to the other.
You may say what happened in one case will happen in another. You may
say both are equally acceptable.|
Compare a city or town you have lived in with the city you live in now.
Be sure to compare the two places in at least three different ways. You
may show why you prefer one town to the other. Or, you may show why each
town is equally acceptable. Write in short paragraph form.
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