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How to Write a Compare and Contrast Essay?

The process of comparing and contrasting several objects is indispensable part of our daily routine. This is what a six-months-old baby does when considering a rattle toy to choose, this is what a school leaver does when choosing a college to apply to. But whether we choose a brand of orange juice in a supermarket or a type of holiday we want to take, the procedure is mainly the same:

  • Identify the key features of each object.
  • Consider them carefully.
  • Analyze them comparing the objects.
  • State the differences or the similarities.
  • Make your choice.

Writing a compare and contrast essay is just the same, but with the additional emphasis on structure, which will help you express your ideas clearly and can be organized in two ways: you can either state the similarities first and then the differences, or you can use the criteria method, analyzing both options with the view of a certain factor, then proceed with the next one and so on.

So, there are two possible outlines for an award-winning essay:

    1. Introduction (use a rhetorical question, a quote or some personal experience to catch the reader’s attention, state your topic and make up a thesis).

    2. Main body:

  • Similarities (identify at least three points and illustrate them with examples).
  • Differences (three more points followed by the analysis of the things contrasted).
  • 3. Conclusion (reformulate the key idea of your essay and clearly state your opinion).

Alternatively, you can use a different type of the main body structure:

  • Key point 1 (compare and contrast the objects according to the factor mentioning both differences and similarities).
  • Key point 2 (do the same for the next factor).

Consider the results you have got in both key ares and make a transition to the conclusion.

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