Contrairement à ce que l'on pourrait croire

Discussion in 'French-English Vocabulary / Vocabulaire Français-Anglais' started by lex_luthor_2007, Sep 29, 2011.

  1. lex_luthor_2007 Senior Member

    Lima
    Spanish
    Hi,

    How would you say " Contrairement à ce que l'on pourrait croire Cendrillon n'a pas été inventé par Walt Disney mais est le personnage éponyme d'un roman de Charles Perrault."


    "Contrary to what you may think [...]"

    Merci! :)
     
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  2. pieanne

    pieanne Senior Member

    Nice Hinterland
    Belgium/French
    Contrarily to what one might think, ...
     
  3. vsop44 Senior Member

    pays d'Evangeline
    français France
    Contrary to what you might believe ...
     
  4. boterham Senior Member

    Rijsel, France
    French, France
    Contrary to or Unlike what most people might believe/think/imagine
     
  5. misterk Moderator

    Boston
    English-American
    Contrary to what one might think,...
     
  6. pieanne

    pieanne Senior Member

    Nice Hinterland
    Belgium/French
    "Contrarily" is not used, then?
     
  7. misterk Moderator

    Boston
    English-American
    No, it is not.
    Except, perhaps, in sentences like "He acted very contrarily" - but that doesn't sound too natural...
     
  8. pieanne

    pieanne Senior Member

    Nice Hinterland
    Belgium/French
    OK, thank you, MrK!
     
  9. Meryle

    Meryle Member

    France
    UK English
    pieanne, "contrarily" is fine in misterk's example. It's the adverb formed from contrary (so, in a contrary manner).
     
  10. mellow-yellow Senior Member

    English - USA
    Although Meryle is correct, search the free COCA linguistics database (http://corpus.byu.edu/coca/), "contrarily" is far rarer than "contrary" and appears most frequently in academic texts (less, if ever, in soap operas or literature). The most common collocate (words/tokens found nearby) for "contrarily" is a "," (a comma, with 25 hits) as in

    In this respect it breaks new ground. Contrarily, it is difficult to see how the religious nature of the bank affects the...

    whereas the number 1 collocate for "contrary" is "the" (the determiner, with 7681 hits), as in:
    Almost immediately, he began to entertain the belief that, contrary to Orthodox teaching, we come from the sea and, according to a pile...

    In short, both are used, but "contrarily" is rarely attested.
     

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