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# Contrary to popular belief, victors in the ancient Greek Olympic Games

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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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Originally posted by sondenso on 24 Feb 2008, 18:33.
Last edited by Bunuel on 18 Dec 2018, 01:41, edited 1 time in total.
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25 Feb 2008, 00:44
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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30 Sep 2010, 10:02
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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

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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13 Nov 2015, 03:43
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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

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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18 Dec 2018, 01:29
) “Contrary to” is used for elucidating something that is actually correct but is perceived differently by others. It is not used to compare two similar or different things but to simply state a fact that is contrary to the belief. For example: Contrary to the teacher’s perception, Jack is a bright child.
Hence, A is the perfect choice for the case at hand.
“Unlike” or “In contrast with” are used for showing difference between two similar things. Hence, B and D are wrong.
C and E are silly.
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18 Jan 2019, 03:12
Why A is correct?

I understand that "Contrary to" is an adjective followed by comma and clause.

Therefore, it must modify "victors", which is the subject of the sentence.

Contrary modifies victors -- quite weird.

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