Dear native speaking experts,
Would you agree that the following expressions share only ONE meaning in common and can be differentiated as follows (YES/NO?):
on the contrary
to the contrary
on the contrary - 1. in opposition to what might be expected: She did not exult in her rival's fall, but, on the contrary, commiserated her.
2. on the other hand: People used to say that a Broadway musical was written for musical slobs. Mr. Sondheim, on the contrary, assumes that you have heard some Ravel and Debussy.
to the contrary - 1. = on the contrary 1: Against what they say, the liberal resurrection is not a sign of vitality of the capitalist system, but to the contrary, it is a mark of its failure.
2. to the opposite effect: Working-class to the backbone, just like us. And if he's been filling you up with a lot of toffee to the contrary, more fool you.
3. in spite of smth.; notwithstanding smth.: I know she's unhappy, all her brave talk to the contrary.