RE: quick question about 'hence'

Subject: RE: quick question about 'hence'
From: "H Arnold" <harnold103 -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: bgranat -at- granatedit -dot- com, webmaster -at- techexams -dot- net, techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Sun, 02 Apr 2006 16:25:45 -0500

Bonnie Granat wrote,
"Hence" is occasionally used, but I think more

often as respite from "thus" and "therefore." But in your example, I think
"and therefore" or "and thus" (without any comma) is better than "hence."
Thus, we'd have:
"For lighter colors, you will usually need more layers of paint and thus
more paint cans."

... I had a professor who called these "throat-clearing words" and objected to writers who clear their throats a lot when drawing conclusions. It's easier on the reader to use something plainspoken like "so" and repeat the verb. If you're writing for the average reader, that is.

Just my 2 cents.


Heidi Arnold

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