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40 Writing Topics: Comparison & Contrast


To write an effective comparison and contrast, keep in mind that your subjects should be logically comparable and your composition should have a clear purpose. See these examples of comparison and contrast at work in paragraphs and essays:

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Forty Topic Suggestions: Comparison and Contrast

The 40 topic suggestions listed here are offered as starting points to help you discover some fresh ideas on your own.
  1. Two stages of a person's life
  2. Two places you have visited
  3. Two perspectives on the same place: past and present
  4. Two perspectives on the same place: morning and night
  5. Two fast-food restaurants
  6. An online class compared to a traditional class
  7. The Toyota Camry hybrid and the Camry sedan
  8. Two candidates competing for public office
  9. Two pets in the same household
  10. The rules set for you as a child and the rules you have set (or plan to set) for your own children
  11. Two professional athletes
  12. Two views of your parents: before and after you left home
  13. Your experiences before and after giving up a bad habit
  14. Two neighborhoods
  15. Two vampires
  16. Two ways to break a bad habit
  17. A real vacation and a dream vacation
  18. Two hosts of late-night talk shows
  19. A good boss and a bad boss
  20. Bulimia and anorexia
  21. Two video games
  22. Two classes in the same subject: one in high school and the other in college
  23. The car you own and the car you dream of owning
  24. Two types of exercise
  25. Two ways of studying for an exam
  26. Two sports fans
  27. Two ways of losing weight: one healthy, the other dangerous
  28. Microsoft’s Zune and Apple's iPod
  29. Your family home and the house of your dreams
  30. Harry Potter--on the page and on the screen
  31. Two memorable teachers or professors
  32. Two workplaces
  33. Two coffee shops
  34. Infatuation versus love
  35. Two close friends
  36. Living on campus and living off campus
  37. A starting pitcher and a reliever
  38. Two ways of downloading music or movies
  39. Two versions of the movie Invasion of the Body Snatchers
  40. An active student and a passive student

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