Chinese Grammar: Expressing contrariness with 倒
Doing well with 倒 to contrast two situations you guys? If you still want to explore more about how to contrast with different words in Chinese, today we are going to introduce you another word to express contrast.
Instead of 倒, you can also use 则 to compare two things. It’s a conjunction word, and it usually uses for comparing two clauses in written Chinese. In fact, you can always 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”. It has a rather neutral attitude when you use 则 to contrast. It’s same with 却, a simpler way to say “but”, the 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 clauses is here :
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