Speaking: part 4. Useful language.

Alex Case © offers a wide selection of patterns you can use to compare and contrast pictures. 

Patterns to compare and contrast pictures.

Both… and…/ … and… both
…, whereas…
…, but…
…. In contrast,…
Unlike…,….
…, and so is/ does…
…, and… is/ does too.
…, and… is/ does as well.
A/ One difference/ similarity (which stands out) is…
One thing that… and… have in common is…
One of the (few) similarities/ differences between… and… is…
Another/ An additional difference/ similarity (which is instantly apparent) is…
The most obvious/ important/ apparent similarity/ difference (for me) between… and… is…
A striking similarity/ difference is…
… and… are (quite/ very/ really/ really quite) similar/ different, for example…
… and…. are (quite/ very/ really/ really quite) similar/ different in terms of…
… is different/ similar, in that…
…, as is/ does….
… and… have a lot in common, for example…
… and… don’t have much in common, but…
There are more similarities than differences between… and… For instance,…
The main similarity/ difference between… and… is…
The only difference/ similarity between… that I can see is…
… is (slightly/ a bit/ somewhat/ quite a lot/ a great deal/ substantially/ a lot/ much/ far/ much much/ far far) … er/ more… than…
… is not (nearly/ quite) as… as…
…. In a similar way,…
The most apparent difference/ similarity between… and… is…
…and that is (more or less) the same for…
… and… share…
… differs from… in that…
Neither… nor…

To express your opinion you may use:

  1. …seems…
  2. …looks…
  3. …is obviously…
  4. …probably…
  5. I guess/ I imagine…
  6. …might/ may/ maybe/ perhaps…
  7. …clearly…
  8. I’m not sure exactly (what this is) but…
  9. …appears…
  10. …looks like…
  11. I reckon…
  12. I suppose…
  13. I’m fairly sure…
  14. I get the impression that…
  15. …is almost certainly…
  16. My initial impression is…
  17. …must…
  18. …could (possibly)…
  19. I’m pretty confident that…
  20. I expect…
  21. I think I’m justified in saying that…
  22. The related phrases “some kind of…”/ “some sort of…” are also very useful.

This video has a few useful tips: смотреть.

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