Contrairement à ce que l'on pourrait croire


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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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  • pieanne, "contrarily" is fine in misterk's example. It's the adverb formed from contrary (so, in a contrary manner).
    Although Meryle is correct, search the free COCA linguistics database (, "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.