Chinese Grammar: Indicating contrast with 则
Hey, little dragon! How's it going with 倒 to contrast two situations? Good? Great!
Instead of 倒, you can also use 则 to compare two things. It’s a conjunction word, and it is usually used for comparing two clauses in written Chinese. In fact, you'll often find it in Chinese classical literary prose when indicating contrast.
倒 stress more about the opposite side of what is previously said by the speakers; however, 则 expresses just “in contrast”. 则 has a rather "neutral attitude" when used to contrast two things. If you already know 却, an easier way to say “but”, you should know that the only difference between the two is that 却 is used in spoken language and 则 is used in written Chinese.
Clause 1, 则 + Clause 2
Another pattern you can use with 而 to contrast the two clause is here :
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