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# Contrary to popular belief, victors in the ancient Greek

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223. Contrary to popular belief, victors in the ancient Greek Olympic Games received cash prizes in addition to their laurel wreaths.
(A) Contrary to
(B) In contrast with
(C) Opposite of
(D) Unlike
(E) In spite of
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24 Feb 2008, 19:44
I think it's B. "In contrast withX, Y" is the correct idion, not "Contrary to"
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24 Feb 2008, 20:01
IMO 'Contrary to' fits the bill here.
the other options just doesnt sound good.

The usage of Contrary is correct here.
In Contrast with can also be considered, but i think it is normally used when we compare 2 things.
But here, we not looking to compare 2 things but trying to say that something has happened opposite to popular belief.
whats the OA ?
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24 Feb 2008, 23:44
Meaning issue: Contrary to – different from / on or to the contrary
In contrast with – marked differently

(A) Contrary to [Hold it]
(B) In contrast with – [Only one view – no juxtaposition of several things – eliminate it]
(C) Opposite of – [opposite to – eliminate it]
(D) Unlike – [“Unlike” - in contrast to – same as B -eliminate it](E) In (E) spite of [ incorrect usage – eliminate it]

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24 Feb 2008, 23:50
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Meaning issue: Contrary to – different from / on or to the contrary
In contrast with – marked differently

(A) Contrary to [Hold it]
(B) In contrast with – [Only one view – no juxtaposition of several things – eliminate it]
(C) Opposite of – [opposite to – eliminate it]
(D) Unlike – [“Unlike” - in contrast to – same as B -eliminate it](E) In (E) spite of [ incorrect usage – eliminate it]

Thank you all, OA is A
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29 Sep 2010, 11:55
could anybody explain further?
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could anybody explain further?
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I will try to explain ..

IN CONTRAST TO
Use "in contrast to" to compare the differences between two similar things.

E.g
In contrast to the difficulties of controlling CO2, other kinds of greenhouse gases can already be captured or eliminated using existing technologies.

CONTRARY TO
Use the preposition "contrary to" to emphasize that something is true, even though it is the opposite of what other people think. In academic writing, "contrary to" tends to occur with words meaning beliefs or expectations. The main clause that comes after this preposition usually expresses a negative evaluation or contains a negative form (no, not, never).

I hope above explanation clarifies.... let me know if you need anymore clarification
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12 Oct 2012, 17:57
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223. Contrary to popular belief, victors in the ancient Greek Olympic Games received cash prizes in addition to their laurel wreaths.
(A) Contrary to
(B) In contrast with
(C) Opposite of
(D) Unlike
(E) In spite of

Can some one explain why Option C, D, E are wrong over here?
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13 Nov 2015, 02:43
jitgoel wrote:
sondenso wrote:
223. Contrary to popular belief, victors in the ancient Greek Olympic Games received cash prizes in addition to their laurel wreaths.
(A) Contrary to
(B) In contrast with
(C) Opposite of
(D) Unlike
(E) In spite of

Can some one explain why Option C, D, E are wrong over here?

In the context, popular belief is just the opposite of the historical truth. Therefore we need a phrase that can STRONGLY express the difference.

(A) Contrary to
Correct.
"Contrary" means: Ω={A, B}, and A∩B=Φ.
In English, this means that A and B are complementary events, that B is just the opposite of A.

(B) In contrast with
This means that if we compare A with B, we will find that there are lots of differences. However we cannot say that there are no other possibilities.
B is not so strong enough to express the difference as A. So B is not what we want. Cross it out.

(C) Opposite of
Wrong idiom.
Although its logical meaning is the same as A.
It should be "Opposite to"

(D) Unlike
Wrong. Same as B.

(E) In spite of
Wrong.
This means that although a fact exist, the fact itself cannot stop us from doing sth.
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13 Nov 2015, 06:50
This topic was originated in 2008. Perhaps it was relevant then. Currently, however, GMAC is not very choosy between ‘to, and ‘with’. I doubt about this question’s utility in 2015. Both A and B are good enough, and that is no answer in GMAT.
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