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on the one hand, on the other hand

Use these conjunctive adverbs to contrast two ideas.

On the one hand cannot be used alone. If you start a sentence with on the one hand, then you must pair it with on the other hand to introduce the second idea:

  • On the one hand, I love the freedom of working freelance. On the other hand, I crave the financial security of a full-time job.

However, you can use on the other hand by itself:

  • I love the freedom of working freelance. On the other hand, I crave the financial security of a full-time job.

Note that these phrases can make your writing heavy. Often, you can replace them with a simpler contrasting expression:

  • I love the freedom of working freelance, but I also crave the financial security of a full-time job.