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Hello fellow stackexchangers! My student submitted a movie review where she wrote the film had made a 'contrast impression' on her. I corrected it to 'contrasting', but now I'm wondering: can one even say that? In my native tongue, we say something like 'twofold' or 'double', but 'twofold impression' is impossible, right? P.S. - I did not bother with context as I thought it would be pretty obvious what she meant: she goes on to write "On the one hand, I am fascinated by the themes..." bla bla, "On the other, the way they were presented made me just want to say WHAAAT?" - so basically yes, it's the way Barmar here understood it: I liked this but hated this.

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    "Contrasting impression" is grammatical and meaningful in certain contexts. But what did the student mean to say? A contrasting impression would be an impression that contrasts with something else. – Juhasz Oct 7 at 15:29
  • You need to provide more context. What was her complete sentence and what did she say before and after it? – Jason Bassford Supports Monica Oct 8 at 3:12
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I think the word you're looking for is contradictory. Lexico has the following relevant definition:

1.1 Containing elements which are inconsistent.
‘politically he exhibited contradictory behaviour’

So your friend could say:

I had contradictory impressions of the movie. I liked the actors, but hated the plotline.

  • Thank you, I looked it up in other contexts, and I think that's it. Thanks. – Phi Kay Oct 8 at 12:10

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