‘Whereas’ is a conjunction used to contrast two things . It is used in both spoken and written English but is more common in written English.
- Whereas dogs are friendly and seek attention, cats are independent.
- During the 1960s the fashion was for short skirts, whereas in the 1970s women often wore floor length dresses.
Collocations: When you learn new vocab, make sure that you note collocations too. For this group of words some collocations are:
transition from, transition to, transitional arrangements
current trend, trend away from, trend towards, trending now
version of, version for, another version of
welfare of, child welfare, welfare policy, welfare of
whereas x/y, x whereas y (see sentence structure comments above)
Check the meanings of the words if you don’t already know them. Check the meanings of the various forms as sometimes they are different. You can check them at Time4english by clicking the words (http://www.time4english.com/aamain/lounge/awl.asp).
Complete the sentences below with the correct word and the correct form of the word. (eg. you may need to change a word from a noun to an adjective or from a singular to a plural.)
- The current _______________ in education is to cater to individual learning styles. (trend, version)
- The _______________ from childhood to adulthood has been extended by the increase in years of education and by the lack of jobs. (trend, transition)
- People today seem to be more concerned about money than they do about the ______________ of the old, the young and those in need. (whereas, welfare)
- There are several different _______________ of this product. (version, transition)
- I want to save for a house, _______________ my husband wants to save for a grand holiday. (welfare, whereas)
Answers (in the wrong order)
5. whereas 1. trend 2.transition 3. welfare 4. versions