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English: skills for learning
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4 Comparing and contrasting ideas

University assignments often require students to link ideas by comparing or contrasting them.

When you compare things, the task is to explain how they are similar.

When you contrast them, you explain how they are different.

Whether it concerns a theory, an approach or a procedure, writing about similarities and differences is common to all academic fields.

This section focuses on the effective use of linking words to indicate similarities and differences between things and ideas in a text.