Writing Comparisons

Writing Skills – Comparison and Contrast (Comparing Features, page 70, Ex. 4)

Compare the bridges in terms of age, length, appearance using the following comparative words and phrases.

in comparison (to / with), on the other hand, however, whereas, while, in contrast to, by way (of) contrast, far more / fewer / older / newer, significantly longer/shorter, slightly older/newer

Sample Answers:

Comparing Length:

  • The Akashi Kaikyo Bridge (3,910m) is significantly longer than the Alamillo Bridge (200m).
  • The Akashi Kaikyo Bridge (3,910m) is slightly longer than the Golden Gate Bridge (2,739m).
  • The Alamillo Bridge is 200m long, while / whereas the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge is an impressive 3,910m long.

Comparing Age:

  • In comparison to the other bridges, the Charles Bridge is extremely old.
  • The Golden Gate Bridge was built in 1937, on the other hand / while / whereas the Charles Bridge was built in the 14th century.
  • Built in the 14th century the Charles Bridge is far older than the other bridges.

Comparing materials:

  • The Charles Bridge is made of sandstone, whereas the Alamillo Bridge is made of concrete and steel.

Comparing appearance :

  • The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge, while / whereas  the Charles Bridge is an arch bridge
  • The Charles Bridge is an arch bridge, the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge on the other hand is a suspension bridge.
  • In comparison with the other bridges, the harp-shaped Alamillo Bridge has a very distinctive design.
  • The Alamillo Bridge is shaped like a harp while / whereas the other bridges have a more conventional design.

Stating a Personal Opinion

  • I like the Charles Bridge best of all because it is a famous historical landmark.
  • Of all the bridges, the Golden Gate Bridge is my favourite because it reminds me of my visit to San Francisco.
  • The Alamillo Bridge appeals to me the most because I like its unique and graceful shape.
  • I like the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge most of all because I have a high regard for Japanese engineering and technology.
  • I think the Alamillo Bridge is truly remarkable because it was able to revitalise an old city.

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