I believe that movies have caused or created a false perception about a certain group of people. Instead, I believe that this group of people is exactly the opposite of how movies show them to be. I want to express this in words, in a way something like this:

As opposed to what movies have shown them to be, this group of people is very helpful and considerate.

Is the expression in bold correct? Is there a more natural way of saying it?

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    I would prefer e.g. "depict" instead of "show", because "show" can also mean "prove", but you are talking about works of fiction and not about documentary films, are you?
    – Stephen
    Commented Apr 18, 2013 at 19:14
  • This is perfectly understandable and allowable. Stephen's "depicted" would be an improvement, but it's fine as is. Jonathan Garber's suggestion of "in contrast to" is also acceptable, but I see nothing wrong with your sentence.
    – WendiKidd
    Commented Apr 18, 2013 at 21:42

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It's usually better not to begin a sentence with "in opposition to. . ." or "as opposed to. . ." These are joining phrases, not ones to open a sentence, and they are more often used in weighing choices. A more standard way of conveying your meaning would be use of the word "contrast":

In contrast to the way some movies depict them, [Group] has [Characteristic].

If you specifically wanted to use a form of "oppose" in the sentence, you could construct it like this:

[Group] actually has [Characteristic X], as opposed to the movie depiction of them having [Characteristic Y].

Forms of "oppose" are more often used to indicate trade-offs in choices, however, not to illustrate a perceived difference in reality. A standard use might be like this:

[Option X] will cost us [N Resources], as opposed to [Option Y], which will cost us [M Resources].

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