Do I need to say 'on one hand' first to say 'on the other hand', or I can say 'on the other hand' without saying 'on one hand'?

Can 'on the other hand' be used like 'however'?

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You don't need the 'one hand'.

on the other hand

in a way that is different from the first thing you mentioned:

My husband likes classical music – I, on the other hand, like all kinds.


  • But there is nothing wrong with including "one hand". However if you do, the usual form is "one the one hand,....,however on the other hand...".
    – WS2
    Commented Oct 9, 2016 at 15:15

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