You probably know the English expression on the one hand … on the other hand. It is used in the following way for comparing two opposing opinions or facts about something (note that just one half of the phrase is often used):
On the one hand, Maria has experience, but on the other hand, she doesn’t have the precise skills that we’re looking for.
I don’t really want any more work at the moment. On the other hand, I could use the extra money.
We often express two different thoughts about the same subject, often giving one thought and then the other. Sometimes, one of the thoughts is our own and the other is someone else’s. Sometimes (because life is rarely simple!) both thoughts are our own. In this post, I aim to provide some more words and phrases for expressing opposing opinions.
I don’t know if I’d describe myself as sociable or not. I like socializing but then again, I enjoy spending time alone.
That’s quite a lot of money for a chair. Then again, it’s good quality and it’ll probably last a lifetime.
Anna was really fed up. Mind you, I’d be pretty angry in her position.
I know I’m lazy – I did go swimming yesterday, mind.
Note that both ‘mind’ and ‘mind you’ sometimes come at the end of the sentence.
Tom very rarely helps around the house. Having said that, he does keep his bedroom tidy.
It’s a very nice restaurant with fantastic food. That said, the service could be better!
A useful alternative to ‘despite that’ is all the same:
She is, of course, very wealthy. All the same, it was a generous gift.
The weather wasn’t so great but we had a good time all the same.
The phrase at the same time introduces an opposing fact that must also be considered:
Of course I don’t want to upset her but at the same time, this is something she needs to know for her own good.
It was a small gesture. Nonetheless, we appreciated it.
I only got to speak with her for ten minutes. It was nice to see her nevertheless.