Words and Phrases to Use instead of “On the Other Hand”

Hi English learners! Welcome to a new lesson. Are you writing an essay? Do you lack linking words and phrases to add variety to your writing? Keep reading because we will look at words and phrases to use instead of “on the other hand”.

We use the phrase “on the other hand” to introduce a contrasting view of something. It often goes with the phrase “on the one hand”.

  • On the one hand, exercising is hard but on the other hand, it makes you feel better, stronger and healthier.
  • On the one hand, Peter wants a well-paid job but on the other hand, he doesn’t want to have too much responsibility.

Here are some alternative words and phrases you can use instead of “on the other hand” to compare and add contrast to your speech as well as writing to sound smarter.

  • Conversely
  • On the contrary
  • On the flip side
  • Otherwise
  • On the other side of the coin
  • But then again


Meaning: different or opposite from something you’ve mentioned.

  • People in Europe usually give a bottle of wine to the host; conversely, people in Asia prefer giving flowers.
  • After a month, patients who were given a placebo were given real pills and conversely, the patients who were given pills got a placebo.

Words and Phrases to Use instead of “On the Other Hand”

On the contrary

Meaning: use it to introduce the statement that says the opposite of the previous one.

  • “I bet you love travelling.” “On the contrary, I hate it. I prefer to stay at home.”
  • I would like to reassure you that Mike is rude; on the contrary, he is very kind and polite. I’ve known him since childhood.

On the flip side

Meaning: opposite, contra.

  • It was a quiet neighbourhood; but, on the flip side, there was a huge number of car thefts recorded.
  • Lisa has to work long hours; but on the flip side, she’ll get retired earlier.


Meaning: the opposite.

  • The bank approved the loan to Simon. Otherwise, he couldn’t afford to buy the car.
  • Sara was wrong. It was no use pretending otherwise.

On the other side of the coin

Meaning: to look at the situation differently in order to make it seem better or worse than it is or was.

  • Sandra liked her well-paid job, but on the other side of the coin, she also liked having more free time and fewer responsibilities.
  • The vegetarian diet is healthy and on the other side of the coin, it’s also environmentally friendly.

Words and Phrases to Use instead of “On the Other Hand”

But then again

Meaning: to think about something in another way.

  • The house was a bit too pricey for Abby but then again it had a lovely view of the sea and a big balcony.
  • Samantha didn’t like her because she was gossiping too much but then again she liked to know what was going on in the neighbourhood.
Words and Phrases to Use instead of "On the Other Hand"
Words and Phrases to Use instead of “On the Other Hand”

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