01. [Contrary] to what some people in the office are saying, I have never had an affair with my secretary, and I never will.
02. [Contrary] to popular belief, drinking alcohol on a regular basis can actually be beneficial to your health.
03. His view is completely [contrary] to mine. He thinks it's a great idea, but I think it's stupid.
04. [Contrary] to some Islamic countries, women on the islands of the Maldives are actually prohibited by law from concealing their faces.
05. Iraq says it doesn't have any weapons of mass destruction, but the U.S. claims it has [contrary] information.
06. The President's critical closing remarks seemed [contrary] to the positive spirit of the summit.
07. [Contrary] to what some of our colleagues have been saying, I think we can do this.
08. He is actually quite a shy, private person, [contrary] to his public image of some kind of international playboy.
09. Lying about what happened would be totally [contrary] to her nature. She's one of the most honest people I've dealt with.
10. [Contrary] to popular belief, eating chocolate does not cause skin problems for teenagers.
11. My colleague's stand on the issue is quite [contrary] to my own.
12. Somerset Maugham once said that imagination grows by exercise, and [contrary] to common belief, is more powerful in the mature than in the young.
13. Saint Augustine once noted that miracles are not [contrary] to nature, but only [contrary] to what we know about nature.
14. Confucius advised that when we see men of worth, we should think of equaling them; when we see men of a [contrary] character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.
15. Aldous Huxley once remarked that consistency is [contrary] to nature, [contrary] to life. The only completely consistent people are dead.
16. Jerry loves arguing so much that he'll often take a position that is actually [contrary] to his own beliefs.
17. The little boy's actions were [contrary] to the directions his mother had given, which made her angry.

Grammatical examples in English. 2013.


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