Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

as opposed to

as opposed to
Meaning(s)
1) comparing two different things
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    • black as opposed to white
  • Analysis
    Something 'as opposed to' something else is in contrast to the other thing or different from it in some way. This is a phrase used to compare two things: "I prefer swimming as opposed to running." "This approach has many more advantages as opposed to Harry's suggestion." This phrase 'as opposed' is useful in social and professional contexts and similar in meaning to 'in contrast to' and 'in comparison with'.
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. He decided to take his bike as opposed to driving. It was much healthier.
    2. I suggested meeting in a cafe as opposed to the office, so I could get my favourite latte.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. We should focus our attention on our old clients, as opposed to our new ones. Our old ones have been loyal to us for years.
    2. The focus group considered our product to be good value as opposed to that of our biggest competitors.
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