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therefore as a conjunction?

Posted by peter   19 Jul 2014 4 57 pm

Hi Alex,

Sometimes I write sentences like this:
e.g. I like apples, therefore I eat an apple everyday.

But just now I checked in dictionary and it says that "therefore" is an adverb but not a conjunction...

Does it mean I should correct the above sentence in one of the following ways?
e.g. I like apples; therefore I eat an apple everyday.
e.g. I like apples, and therefore I eat an apple everyday.
e.g. Since I like apples, therefore I eat an apple everyday.

Many Thanks!
Peter
 
 

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Posted by alex stringer   22 Jul 2014 10 41 pm

Hi Peter

Yes, strictly speaking you should. Or start a news sentence with 'therefore' if the first part were longer.

I have loved apples since I was a small child and have long been aware of their many health benefits. Therefore, I eat an apple everyday.

Alex
 
 
Posted by peter   2 Aug 2014 8 07 pm

Just to share some thoughts.

After researching learning materials about cohesion and coherent in writing, I've finally found that I didn't aware of the difference between a conjunction and a conjunctive adverb... sigh...

That means I might have written quite a lot run-on sentences...

 
 

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