"On one hand, on the other hand."

When we are talking about making a decision, we use the expression “On one hand , [but] On the other hand ".

When we think about something we have in our minds some scales on which we balance the positive and negative factors in the decision. You can imagine that these scales are like two big hands, palms up. I will try to add an illustration of this very soon!

An example:

You are in a bike shop, thinking about buying a very nice, but very expensive, new bicycle. On one hand you may think “It will be really nice riding that bike. Also, it is really cool, and I will look cool riding it.” On the other hand, "I will have just a few yen left in my bank account!", as you visualise the small amount of money left in your bank after you buy it!

Jon S

by greenwoodEacademy | 2008-07-17 16:53 | 英会話ワンポイント講座 | Comments(0)