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Whereas

Today’s word of the day exercise is

whereas

Notes

This word has much the same meaning as although, while, despite and in spite of and is used to compare two similar statements to show that there is a difference between them.  You should note though that it is fairly formal.

Forms of the word

whereas

Using the word

Take a look at the examples below which all mean the same thing. Please also note that whereas is used to to contrast ideas ideas within one sentence. If you want to contrast ideas across two sentences, then you need to use a linker such as however or on the other hand.

Whereas immigration has increased, the population has fallen.

Although immigration has increased, the population has fallen.

While immigration has increased, the population has fallen.

Despite the fact that immigration has increased, the population has fallen.

In spite of the increase in immigration, the population has fallen.

 

Exercise

As you do this exercise note:

  • whereas can come either at the beginning or the middle of the sentence
  • the two halves of the sentence are divided by  a comma

   

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One Response to Whereas

  1. Surya Adhikari May 28, 2015 at 8:39 am #

    great

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