Contrast Connectors – Concept, what they are and examples

We explain what adversative or contrast connectors are, their function and examples in sentences. Also, other types of connectors.

contrast connectors
Adversative connectors connect opposing ideas.

What are contrast connectors?

Adversative, opposition or contrast connectors are a specific type of textual markers or discursive connectors, that is, they are part of the linguistic units used to link the parts of a text and thus endow it with threading and logical coordination.

Connectors are important for writing fluid text and work in a similar way to links, only instead of linking parts of a sentence, they link sentences or parts of the same text.

Likewise, connectors can be classified according to the type of sense relationship they introduce between the linked elements. Adversative connectors, for example, are those who express an opposition, disappointment or different point of view between ideas that connect.

Thus, they are normally used to incorporate new elements into the discourse that, however, go against or at least qualify in a certain way what was said above.

Some of the most commonly used adversative connectors are: Nevertheless, Nevertheless, However, although, even so, anyway, instead, Conversely, Yes OK, but, while, among others.

Examples of contrast connectors

The following sentences with adversative connectors serve as examples of the above:

  • I have the theater tickets, but Now I’m not sure I want to go
  • The South American nations are in agreement with a common border legislation. Nevertheless, the project is received with suspicion by many national sectors.
  • Herbivorous animals feed by consuming plant tissue, while carnivores feed on the tissue of other animals.
  • Our budget is modest when it comes to advertising. Conversely, the competition spends thousands of dollars promoting their products.
  • We have a date tomorrow morning although it is a holiday.
  • The local team also won last week. Instead, the visitors go through a bad streak.
  • The train has not arrived on time. Even so I’ll be home tonight

Other types of connectors

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

  • Add-on connectors. Those that allow adding new ideas or sentences, accumulating terms or thickening the text. For example: equally, furthermore, on the other hand, similarly, 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.
  • Comparative connectors. Those that allow introducing a contrast or a comparison between two or more references or situations. For example: as well as, in the same way as, as opposed to, on the contrary, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Conditional connectors. Those that allow introducing a condition or probability between the linked terms. For example: as long as, if, when, unless, etc.