Unlike cheese

Physical stores are faced with additional running costs. Different with online stores that can operate on a small budget.

This post includes two challenges (below)! First read through the explanation, then check your understanding by completing one or both of the recommended tasks!

This is a direct translation from Bahasa Indonesia (and other languages?). However, it’s a classic opportunity to use unlike to make a contrast.

Unlike can be a synonym for different from. (Indonesian flag Not different with!)

  • Physical stores are faced with additional running costs, unlike online stores that can operate on a small budget.
  • Unlike online stores that can operate on a small budget, physical stores are faced with additional running costs.

Notice that the following structures are possible:

  • independent clause + comma + unlike + noun phrase
  • unlike + noun phrase + comma + independent clause

Challenge #1

Try to contrast items in one of the following pairs using unlike. Post your texts in the comments box below!

  • your country / another country
  • your language / English
  • two family members
  • two styles of music
  • two leisure activities

Challenge #2

Can anyone guess which idiom is contained in the title of this post and its featured image? (hint) Again, answers in the comments box below!

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