introduce a comparison

In the English Grammar Profile, B2 point 10 in DISCOURSE MARKERS in writing is defined as:

a range of phrases as discourse markers to introduce a comparison.

There are three examples of these in the English Grammar Profile.

1. Similarly

For Hitler to fail at Stalingrad would be an enormous blow to the Nazi myth. It would be an enormous blow to the war itself.
Similarly, Josef Stalin was unrelenting. He would not tolerate defeat.

WWII from Space


Collocates of ‘Similarly(word ranking: 2809) in the COCA corpus:
situate, price, size, equip, treat, affect, dress, behave, respectively, configure, dramatic and it is very Academic.


Tech’s Role in the Future of Health and Public Safety
Similarly, experts estimate the healthcare IT market will grow to $390 billion by 2024.
World Economic Forum
COVID-19: Is it right to talk about a second wave?
From these similarities, it was tempting to assume that COVID-19 would behave similarly to a flu pandemic. Yet these are very different viruses …
In the above example, we cannot find ‘similarly’ as a discourse marker.  It acts here more as general adverb after behave.  However, ‘From these similarities’ does act as a way of connecting previous discourse to the following discourse, even though this is not what we were searching for, this is what google news showed quite a few examples of.

2. LIKEWISE (ranking 4571)

And, in addition to being our nearest neighbour, Venus is even called the ” sister planet ” of Earth.
This is because the two of them share approximately the same sizedensity and mass.
Likewise, the gravitational force on Venus is close to 90% of ours.

Our Universe


Not only is ‘likewise’ twice as rare, it is also surrounded by higher-level vocabulary.

emphasize, interaction, faculty, dramatic, sibling, involvement, problematic, evident


Washington Post
What white parents get wrong about raising antiracist kids — and how to get it right
Likewise, you might emphasize that although she and her black friend have different skin colors, they have lots of things in common.

3. In the same way

The New York Times
What Does Simp Mean?
In the same way that older songs can find new audiences on TikTok, older slang emerges on the app to be championed by a broader, younger audience.

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