‘On the contrary…’
…does not mean the same as ‘In contrast’!
‘On the contrary’ is used to:
- ADD to a negative statement
- disagree with a negative statement made by someone else
- answer NO to a question
- ‘It wasn’t a good thing. On the contrary, it was a huge mistake’.
- ‘I suppose it’s very expensive.’ ‘On the contrary, it’s actually very reasonable’.
- ‘Is it expensive?’ ‘No, quite the contrary’.
Don’t use ‘On the contrary’ – it’s dangerous.
…is used to introduce the opposite point of view/situation.
This is the one you need in your IELTS Test.