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differnce between in contrast with and contrast to Post Wed Nov 05, 2008 9:29 pm
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    1.Contrary to popular belief, victors in the ancient Greek Olympic Games received cash prizes in addition to their laurel wreaths.
    (A) Contrary to
    (B) In contrast with
    (C) Opposite of
    (D) Unlike(A)
    (E) In spite of

    OA B

    was stuck between A and B option, can anyone tell me the difference in contrast with and contrast to ???/


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    Post Wed Nov 05, 2008 11:07 pm
    Taken from the Dictionary of American Idioms And Phrasal Verbs (McGraw-Hill)

    contrary to something
    in spite of something that seems to suggest otherwise; regardless of something else. · Contrary to what you might think, I am neat and tidy. · Contrary to public opinion, my uncle is well and healthy.

    contrast with someone or something
    1. to be different from someone or something. ·Bill's cheery attitude really contrasts with the gloom of his twin brother, Bob. ·This stiped tie really contrasts with that polka-dot shirt. 2. [for a color or pattern, etc.] to show a marked difference with or complement another. ·The black one contrasts nicely with the white one.


    From where did you take that question? Because I with these definitions I would choose A.

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    Post Wed Nov 05, 2008 11:10 pm
    I think it has to be A.

    Contrast is...this is balck...while this is white.
    Contrary is...this is black...it's not black.

    Contrary to the belief that they recieved no cash prizes, they did recieve cash.

    Contrast is more like....

    In contrast with popular belief that victors in the ancient Greek Olympic Games received cash prizes in addition to their laurel wreaths is the belief that they recieved a hardy hand shake and a pat on the back in addition to the wreaths.

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    Post Tue Dec 08, 2009 7:51 am
    Please explain why not E

    Thanks!

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    Post Mon May 23, 2011 1:33 am
    vishubn wrote:
    1.Contrary to popular belief, victors in the ancient Greek Olympic Games received cash prizes in addition to their laurel wreaths.
    (A) Contrary to
    (B) In contrast with
    (C) Opposite of
    (D) Unlike(A)
    (E) In spite of

    OA B

    was stuck between A and B option, can anyone tell me the difference in contrast with and contrast to ???/


    Vishu
    This is related to Idiom. e.g., "compare to" is used when it is the case of similarity, and "compare with" is used when it is the case of differences. Here it is the case of differences, so the correct answer should be B

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