organising contrast

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
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