Jul 182012

What is the difference between “in contrast” and “by contrast”?

ANSWER: Both can be used interchangeably as long as you do not follow ‘by contrast” with a preposition.

“In contrast, …” or “By contrast, …” are interchangeable as complete phrases, but only “in contrast” is commonly followed by “to” or “with”:

Humans have the power of speech; in/by contrast, an animal can only utter sounds.

Humans have the power of speech in contrast to animals which can only utter sounds.

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