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# Contrary to popular belief, victors in the ancient Greek

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Contrary to popular belief, victors in the ancient Greek [#permalink]

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09 Jan 2008, 05:44
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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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Re: SC: Contrary to / In contrast with? [#permalink]

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09 Jan 2008, 10:48
i think its A b/c it sounds right...but can ny1 plz explain the usage of ccontrary to and in contrast with?
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Re: SC: Contrary to / In contrast with? [#permalink]

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09 Jan 2008, 12:44
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Contrary is used to show that something is incorrect (for example "on the contrary") - in this case the thought or belief is wrong.
Contrast is used to compare two different things (for example "In contrast to LA's traffic, the traffic here flows quite smoothly). You can substitute "in contrast" with "As opposed to" or "as compared to."

The sentence is saying that popular belief is incorrect, not comparing popular belief to olympic games or what winners received.
Re: SC: Contrary to / In contrast with?   [#permalink] 09 Jan 2008, 12:44
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