Comparative Connectors – Concept, what they are and examples

We explain what comparative connectors are, their function in the text and examples in sentences. Also, other types of connectors.

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Comparative connectors can point to similarities or differences.

What are comparative connectors?

Comparative connectors are a specific type of discursive connectors or textual markers, that is, of linguistic units that link the parts of a text and provide them with a logical thread or connection.

The connectors are vital for a fluid, harmonious and understandable construction of the text, and can be of different types, depending on the type of relationship that they introduce between the parts of the text that they intertwine. Its operation is similar to that of links, only instead of linking parts of a sentence, link sentences or parts of a text.

Thus, in the specific case of comparative connectors, we refer to those that introduce into the text a notion of contrast or comparison between two different ideas or two referents any. This comparison can be made with the aim of pointing out the similarities or, conversely, the differences.

Some of the most commonly used comparative connectors are: What, in the same way, as well as, like, better than, worst than, unlike, Unlike, you too, analogously, similarly, similarly, in the same way, similarly, instead, contrary, inversely, Unlike, and so on.

Examples of comparative connectors

Next, and as an example, we present some sentences with the presence of comparative connectors:

  • Japanese cars have spare parts in abundance, unlike of French cars.
  • In Madrid it is snowing for the first time in ten years. Instead, Buenos Aires suffers an intense heat wave.
  • Many bacteria flourish in anoxygenic environments, contrary to most protists, which are oxygen-dependent organisms.
  • Internet speeds in Europe are currently exceeding expectations, in the same way that in Asia, the cradle of 5G and new technologies.
  • Vegetable prices have increased this month. Similarly, the price of meat and fish has doubled in recent weeks.
  • Germans have contributed immensely to Western culture, as well as to the development of its most bloody military conflicts.

Other types of connectors

In addition to the comparative ones, there are other types of connectors, such as:

  • Additive or summing connectors. Those who incorporate or add ideas, in the manner of an enumeration or a recount. For example: also, also, now well, in addition, etc.
  • Contrast or adversative connectors. Those that establish an oppositional relationship between the linked ideas, in such a way that the new elements are opposed to the previous ones in the text. For example: although, however, nevertheless, in contrast to, on the other hand, etc.
  • Cause-effect connectors. Those that establish a causal relationship, that is, of origin, with respect to what is said in the text. For example: therefore, then, therefore, consequently, because, etc.
  • Explanatory connectors. Those that allow the introduction of examples, explanations or reiterations in the text, returning to what was said in another way to make it clearer. For example: that is, for example, therefore, put another way, in other terms, etc.
  • Conclusive connectors. Those that allow a conclusion to be introduced, or to synthesize what has already been said, or to summarize the previous thing in some way. For example: in this way, in conclusion, summarizing, to finish, etc.
  • Conditional connectors. Those that establish a conditional relationship, that is, of probability or possibility, with respect to the parts of the text. For example: if so, assuming, unless, as long as, etc.
  • Temporary connectors. Those that establish a temporary relationship, either before, after or simultaneously. They can also indicate that the text dates back to other times. For example: at the same time, once, before, back then, etc.
  • Emphatic connectors. Those that serve to emphasize what has been said, that is, to highlight it or draw special attention to it. For example: certainly, without a doubt, as if that were not enough, what is worse, etc.