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I want to elucidate the characteristics of one object, contrasting to another object at the end of the sentence. However, I am not sure whether these expressions natural or not. Please let me know what are the natural sentences in the followings.

Microwave is an energy-efficient tool for heating the material -

  1. distinct from dry oven.
  2. different from dry oven
  3. other than dry oven.
  4. contrasting to dry oven.

Or I will terribly appreciate you if you let me know other expressions which could deliver the same meaning in the more fluent form.

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Unfortunately, you cannot use this structure here as follows. This is because in such case you will be comparing "the material" with the "dry oven". There are few ways to fix this:

  • The dry oven is distinct from the microwave in that the latter is an energy-efficient tool for heating the material.
  • Unlike the dry oven, the microwave is an energy-efficient tool for heating the material.
  • In contrast to the dry oven, the microwave is an energy-efficient tool for heating the material.
  • The microwave differs from the dry oven in that the former is an energy-efficient tool for heating the material.

In respect to your comment:

  • A microwave is an energy-efficient tool for heating the material, whereas a dry oven isn't.
  • The microwave is an energy-efficient tool for heating the material, unlike the dry oven.
  • Thank you very much! However, isn't there other ways to contrast at the end of the sentence as I intended firstly? Because the content of the characteristic I want to explain is important and comparing is secondary. – Sungil Jan 23 '18 at 12:06
  • There is in fact – SovereignSun Jan 23 '18 at 12:07
  • For example, "Because of its large particle size, applications of A are much limited" are important content, and I want to compare at the end of this sentence like: "unlike B." – Sungil Jan 23 '18 at 12:08
  • "Because of its large particle size, applications of A are much limited, whereas those of B aren't." or "Because of its large particle size, applications of A are much limited, which isn't the case for B." – SovereignSun Jan 23 '18 at 12:13
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    @SovereignSun: that should be "isn't the case for B". – JavaLatte Jan 23 '18 at 12:16

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