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I'm writing a formal academic article to introduce some facts. For example:

On the one hand, the government would like more energy, but on the other hand, it is not prepared to find more extra investments in order to get it.

However, I think the idiom on the one hand...on the other hand is somewhat informal. Are there any, more formal alternative to this idiom, that would fit in the provided context?

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The discourse marker, or sentence connector used by the OP; "on the one hand ... on the other hand" expresses two contrasting ideas, opinions or facts. It is a perfectly acceptable expression in formal papers; however, there is nothing to prevent it from being shortened to “on the other hand”.

Nevertheless, I suggest the following alternatives:

  • The government would like more energy, on the other hand it is not prepared to find more investments in order to obtain it

  • Although the government would like more energy, it is not prepared . . .

  • The government would like more energy; however, it is not prepared . . .

  • The government would like more energy, although it is not prepared . . .

  • Despite the fact the government would like more energy, it is not prepared . . .

  • Even though the government would like more energy, it is not prepared . . .

  • The government would like more energy. Yet it is not prepared . . .

Transitional Words and Phrases
Contrast
•yet •and yet •nevertheless •nonetheless •after all •but •however •though •otherwise •on the contrary •in contrast •notwithstanding •on the other hand •at the same time

Source: The Writing Centre, UW-Madison

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