Can anyone suggest any alternatives to the "on the one hand... on the other hand" construct?

Example: (On the one hand/alternative) I like product A. (On the other hand/alternative) product B also appeals to me strongly.

  • I like product A. Alternatively, product B also appeals to me.
  • I like product A. Then again, product B also appeals to me.
  • I like product A. But then, product B also appeals to me.
  • While I like product A, product B also appeals to me.
  • Thank you! I was thinking about similar phrases but I was actually hoping for an expression that consists of a part in both the first as well as in the second sentence. This conveys the right meaning though :). – dreamer Dec 26 '14 at 10:23
  • @dreamer - You can start the pair with "While..." and cut out the 'middleman'. – anongoodnurse Dec 26 '14 at 10:35
  • Good answer. Our 'on the one hand...the other' derives from the ancient Greek 'ho men...ho de' and is still regarded as rhetorical, I think. The alternatives suggested above are less formal, so it really depends whether you are (for example) debating, or being more conversational. – user103188 Dec 26 '14 at 16:17
  • @user103188 Contrastive constructions of this kind are more or less universal. The English expression in no way ‘derives’ from the Greek expression, they just happen to be fairly parallel. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Dec 28 '14 at 12:39

The formal discourse marker used by the OP; "on the one hand ... on the other hand" expresses two contrasting ideas, opinions or facts. In view of this fact, I suggest the following alternatives:

  • Although I like product A, product B also appeals to me strongly.

  • I like product A, although product B is also appealing.

  • I prefer product A; however, product B is said to be more appealing.

  • Even though I prefer product A; product B appeals to most people.

  • I prefer product A, but product B also has great appeal.


Whilst I like product A, I prefer product B.

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