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Can you explain how to use Conjuncts such as "thus" and "therefore"?

blue_bear

blue_bear

Taiwan

Can you explain how to use conjuncts such as "thus"?

thank you!

12:41 AM Nov 18 2008 |

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Teacher AmySuper Member!

United States

Hi! I'm happy to help. 

"Thus" and "therefore" are transition words. They're most commonly used to connect ideas in written English. They both mean roughly the same thing as "so" or "as a result."

For example, you might write, "I want to improve my English. Therefore, I study every day." Or, "He exercises a lot and never eats junk food. Thus, he's  in good shape."

Finally, "Thus" and "Therefore" usually come at the beginning of a sentence and are followed by a comma.  

Thanks for your question! 

 

07:38 PM Nov 18 2008 |

blue_bear

blue_bear

Taiwan

so i can write like this?

- I want to improve my English; therefore, I study every day.

- He exercises a lot and never eats junk food; thus, he is in good shape.

08:21 PM Nov 26 2008 |

Teacher AmySuper Member!

United States

Thanks for your follow-up question!

Yes, it is fine to use a semi-colon instead of a period. Semi-colons can be used to join two complete sentences that are very closely related. That is true of the examples you gave, so you've used semi-colons perfectly!  

11:58 PM Nov 26 2008 |