Chinese Grammar: Indicating contrast with 则
Hey, little dragon! Are you doing well with 倒 to contrast two situations? Yes? 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 express 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 is that 却 is used for oral 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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