organising contrast

B1 point 4 in DISCOURSE MARKERS and in writing is defined as:

ORGANISING with a range of phrases as discourse markers to introduce contrasting statements.

The English Grammar Profile examples listed are:

‘on the one hand’, ‘on the other hand’ and ‘on the contrary’.

They seem to start sentences more often than not.

Ngrams from iWeb corpus:

1 . ON THE ONE HAND, THERE IS THE 86

  GPone English
Bagnaia: “Angry? No, I understand that I am a MotoGP rider
On the one hand, there is the anger, on the other, however, the awareness that this GP20 is finally expressing its potential. “What can I say, …

2 . ON THE ONE HAND, IT ‘S A 69
3 . ON THE ONE HAND, THERE IS A 62
4 . ON THE ONE HAND, YOU HAVE THE 59
5 . ON THE ONE HAND, WE HAVE THE 52
6 . ON THE ONE HAND, YOU WANT TO 47
7 . ON THE ONE HAND, IT IS A 43
8 . ON THE ONE HAND, THIS IS A 34
9 . ON THE ONE HAND, THERE ‘S THE 31
10 . ON THE ONE HAND, YOU HAVE A 31


There seems like more conditionality with ‘other’ which is also much more common:

1 . ON THE OTHER HAND, IF YOU ARE 1023
2 . ON THE OTHER HAND, IF YOU HAVE 729
3 . ON THE OTHER HAND, IF YOU ‘RE 663
4 . ON THE OTHER HAND, IF YOU WANT 469
5 . ON THE OTHER HAND, IF YOU DO 411
6 . ON THE OTHER HAND, THERE IS A 269
7 . ON THE OTHER HAND, I DO N’T 239
8 . ON THE OTHER HAND, THERE ARE SOME 208
9 . ON THE OTHER HAND, THERE IS NO 200
10 . ON THE OTHER HAND, IF IT IS 171


1 . ON THE CONTRARY, IT IS A 112

The wheelchair is not a failureon the contrary, it is a tool of freedom.

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2 . ON THE CONTRARY, IT IS THE 90
3 . ON THE CONTRARY, THE COOLEST MONTH 64
4 . ON THE CONTRARY, THERE IS A 50
5 . ON THE CONTRARY, I BELIEVE THAT 32

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