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English definition of “on the one hand ... on the other hand”

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on the one hand ... on the other hand

B2 used when you are comparing two different facts or two opposite ways of thinking about a situation: On the one hand I'd like a job that pays more, but on the other hand I enjoy the work I'm doing at the moment.
Translations of “on the one hand ... on the other hand”
in Chinese (Traditional) 一方面…,另一方面……
in Chinese (Simplified) 一方面…,另一方面……
(Definition of on the one hand ... on the other hand from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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