Therefore | How To Use Therefore Correctly

The word therefore is not a conjunction, and therefore you cannot use it to connect two clauses.

Read the sentence given below. It is an example of the incorrect use of therefore.

  • He is clever therefore he gets good marks.

As you can see, therefore is incorrectly used as a conjunction in the above sentence. We can correct this mistake in several different ways. For example, we can split the sentence into two clauses.

  • He is clever. Therefore, he gets good marks.

Note that when therefore comes at the beginning of a sentence, we use a comma to separate it from the rest of the sentence.

Instead of a full stop, we can use a semicolon.

  • He is clever; therefore, he gets good marks.

We can also use a conjunction to connect these two clauses.

  • He is clever, and therefore he gets good marks.

Another example is given below.

  • She was a talented singer therefore she didn’t have much difficulty getting good offers.

This sentence needs to be rewritten as:

  • She was a talented singer. Therefore, she didn’t have much difficulty getting good offers.
  • She was a talented singer; therefore, she didn’t have much difficulty getting good offers.
  • She was a talented singer, and therefore she didn’t have much difficulty getting good offers.

The conjunction so has a similar meaning to therefore.

  • She was a talented singer so she didn’t have much difficulty getting good offers.
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Manjusha Nambiar

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