Comparison and Contrast Paragraphs

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Definition and examples of compare/contrast paragraphs


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Compare and Contrast Paragraphs:

Compare and Contrast Paragraphs Prof. C. Sarmiento English Class

What is a Compare/Contrast Essay?:

What is a Compare/Contrast Essay? Compare and contrast essays are designed to either look at the similarities or differences between two topics or more. Like all paragraphs, it must contain a topic sentence, supporting details and concluding sentence.

What is a Comparison Essay?:

What is a Comparison Essay? A comparison essay highlights the similarities between two things or more.

Comparison Paragraph:

Comparison Paragraph My hometown and my college town have several things in common. First, my hometown, Gridlock, is a small town. It has a population of only about 10,000 people. Located in a rural area, Gridlock is surrounded by many acres of farmland which are devoted mainly to growing corn and soybeans. Gridlock also contains a college campus, Neutron College, which is famous for its Agricultural Economics program as well as for its annual Corn-Watching Festival. As for my college town, Subnormal, it too is small, having a population of about 11,000 local residents, which swells to 15,000 people when students from the nearby college are attending classes. Like Gridlock, Subnormal lies in the center of farmland which is used to raise hogs and cattle. Finally, Subnormal is similar to Gridlock in that it also boasts a beautiful college campus, called Quark College. This college is well known for its Agricultural Engineering department and also for its yearly Hog-Calling Contest.

Transitional Words for Comparison Paragraphs:

Transitional Words for Comparison Paragraphs Similarly, Likewise, ...the same... ...the same as... ...also... ..., too. both In the same way, X is similar to Y in that (they)... X and Y are similar in that (they)... Like X, Y [verb]... In like manner, One way in which X is similar to Y is (that)... Another way in which X is similar to Y is (that)...

What is a Contrast Paragraph?:

What is a Contrast Paragraph? A contrast paragraph highlights the differences between at least two things.

Contrast Paragraph:

Contrast Paragraph Even though Arizona and Rhode Island are both states of the U.S., they are strikingly different in many ways. For example, the physical size of each state is different. Arizona is large, having an area of 114,000 square miles, whereas Rhode Island is only about a tenth the size, having an area of only 1,214 square miles. Another difference is in the size of the population of each state. Arizona has about four million people living in it, but Rhode Island has less than one million. The two states also differ in the kinds of natural environments that each has. For example, Arizona is a very dry state, consisting of large desert areas that do not receive much rainfall every year. However, Rhode Island is located in a temperate zone and receives an average of 44 inches of rain per year. In addition, while Arizona is a landlocked state and thus has no seashore, Rhode Island lies on the Atlantic Ocean and does have a significant coastline.

Transitional Words for Contrast Paragraph:

Transitional Words for Contrast Paragraph However, In contrast, By contrast, ..., but ..., yet On the other hand, even though + [sentence] although + [sentence] whereas + [sentence] unlike + [sentence] while + [sentence] nevertheless,

How to Write:

How to Write Think of two things or more that you can compare and contrast and write a topic sentence informing the reader the purpose of the comparison. The supporting sentences will consist of the actual comparison or contrasts between the two subjects. The concluding sentence will restate the main idea taking into consideration what was learned during the compare/contrast process.

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