When comparing two different things, you ultimately want to be able to find out what is the common element of both that makes them worth comparing. For instance, if you are comparing two different shades of blue, the point of that comparison is clearly because they're both blue to begin with.
We generally don't compare or contrast things that have absolutely nothing in common.
Before you begin your compare and contrast essay, you'll want to find out why the two things have been compared to each other in the first place.
Some common reasons are:
So whatever the connection, you need your introductory paragraph to have some sort of statement explaining why you are comparing and contrasting the two things you are comparing and contrasting.
Once you know why you are comparing the two things you are comparing, then you'll want to stick to a structure that allows your reader to follow along with you. Let's say that you are comparing Pizza to Spaghetti. You then might want to compare and contrast their popularity or their nutritional value or their regional differences or their variations or their preparation methods. Then what you will want to do is think about structure.
Now...just to get you hungry thinking about spaghetti and pizza, why don't you do the quiz below for fun?
Remember when you are asked to compare or contrast something, you first must find a reason WHY you are comparing them in the first place, and then decide how to organise your thoughts.
The rest is easy...easy like pie, pizza pie!
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