Select the transitional device that best matches the sentence.

The weather is unsuitable for soccer today. ____, it is ideal for swimming.

Correct answer: However.

Explanation: Although both are contrastive in nature, “however” should be used to imply an unexpected result or a caveat to the preceding statement. “In contrast” indicates a direct (contrasting) comparison with the preceding statement.

Correct example of the use of “in contrast”:

The weather for January 2014 was sunny and hot. In contrast, it was cold and rainy for most of January 2015.

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