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Oppositional/ Contrastive

Each item below offers a choice, in a pull-down menu, of three connectives for expressing an oppositional or contrastive relationship. For each numbered item, select the connective that best fits in the sentence. After you select a connective, an answer box at the bottom of the page will give you feedback.

1. U.S. airlines laid off a lot of employees last fall,  they are beginning to hire some of those people back now.
Despite: INCORRECT! TRY AGAIN.
Whereas: INCORRECT! TRY AGAIN.
But: CORRECT! U.S. airlines laid off a lot of employees last fall, but they are beginning to hire some of those people back now.

2. I would agree that she is a very good student; , I don't think I would recommend her for the advanced calculus course.
While: INCORRECT. TRY AGAIN.
However: CORRECT! I would agree that she is a very good student; however, I don't think I would recommend her for the advanced calculus course.
In contrast to: INCORRECT! TRY AGAIN.

3. Tom is an excellent horseback rider, , his brother Mike prefers racing cars.
Despite: INCORRECT! TRY AGAIN.
By contrast: INCORRECT! TRY AGAIN.
While: CORRECT! Tom is an excellent horseback rider, while his brother Mike prefers racing cars.

4. you change your approach and start to study, or you will be suspended.
Either: CORRECT! Either you change your approach and start to study, or you will be suspended.
Whereas: INCORRECT. TRY AGAIN.
On the one hand: INCORRECT. TRY AGAIN.

5. Grocery stores tend to have a limited selection of pet foods, pet stores which have a huge variety of different brands.
Even though: INCORRECT. TRY AGAIN.
In constrast to: CORRECT! Grocery stores tend to have a limited selection of pet foods, in contrast to pet stores which have a huge variety of different brands.
Instead: INCORRECT. TRY AGAIN.

6. You can usually get what you need at a corner store they tend to have much less variety than the bigger grocery stores.
Contrastively: INCORRECT. TRY AGAIN.
In contrast to: INCORRECT. TRY AGAIN.
Even though: CORRECT! You can usually get what you need at a corner store even though they tend to have much less variety than the bigger grocery stores.

7. Choice is often limited at a corner store. , large grocery stores usually offer a huge variety of all kinds of goods.
Even though: INCORRECT. TRY AGAIN.
In contrast to: INCORRECT. TRY AGAIN.
By contrast: CORRECT! Choice is often limited at a corner store. By contrast, large grocery stores usually offer a huge variety of all kinds of goods.

8. I'm sure I've seen her before, I cannot remember her name.
But: CORRECT! Im sure Ive seen her before, but I cannot remember her name.
Nevertheless: INCORRECT. TRY AGAIN.
While: INCORRECT. TRY AGAIN.

9. Florida citrus growers had a record year several frosts in the late spring.
However: INCORRECT. TRY AGAIN.
In contrast to: INCORRECT. TRY AGAIN.
Not withstanding: CORRECT! Florida citrus growers had a record year notwithstanding several frosts in the late spring.

10. I'm really too tired to finish this project tonight; , I have to.
Despite: INCORRECT. TRY AGAIN.
Nevertheless: CORRECT! Im really too tired to finish this project tonight; NEVERTHELESS, I have to.
Whereas: INCORRECT. TRY AGAIN.

11. My cousin joined a county club the cost.
Inspite of: CORRECT! My cousin joined a county club INSPITE OF the cost..
Instead of: INCORRECT. TRY AGAIN.
Nevertheless: INCORRECT. TRY AGAIN.