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Writing a Compare and Contrast Essay

Apples and oranges. All you need do in writing a compare and contrast essay is take two subjects and show their similarities and their differences. When writing a compare and contrast essay, the basic essay form of title, introduction, three paragraph body, and conclusion makes it one of the easiest essays to write.
Before you begin writing, brainstorm to find similarities and differences between your subjects.
Subject Similarities Differences
Apples & Oranges Both are tree fruits, grown commercially in large orchards Oranges tropical, apples temperate
Apple juice and orange juice Apple juice has no pulp. Orange juice has pulp.
Sauce Pulp and peeling from oranges is used in sauce. Applesauce contains only the pulp of the pared apple.
Use your essay introduction to introduce both subjects and present the points you intend to make.

Ex: However, although apples and oranges are both fruits, they are each ripe with differences, some of which are shown in the way they are grown and processed.
Format the body of your compare and contrast essay in one of several ways:
You can compare and contrast different elements of each subject in each paragraph of your essay body. This is also called “point by point” comparison and contrast.
Example 1:

(Compare) Apples and oranges are both tree fruits often grown commercially in large orchards. (Contrast) However, apples grow in every climate and oranges need tropical temperatures to produce fruit.
(compare) Although both fruits can be juiced, (contrast) apples are pressed and only the juice is bottled while both pulp and juice is squeezed from oranges.
(Compare) Again, while fruit sauce is made from both apples and oranges, usually applesauce comes from the pared and pureed apple (contrast) while orange sauce may contain both the rind and the pulp of the orange.
You can use one paragraph to discuss one subject, the second paragraph to discuss the other and the final...


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