RE: Quick question about 'hence'?

Subject: RE: Quick question about 'hence'?
From: "Keith Hansen" <KRH -at- weiland-wfg -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 3 Apr 2006 11:59:14 -0500

Geoff wrote:

"It may also reflect dialect differences between American- and
British-influenced English. ... My American wife (also an editor)
disagrees, saying that she found the word a bit formal and possibly
antique for American usage."

Agreed. To my American ears, "hence" does sound slightly old fashioned,
although not wrong. Words such as "therefore/thus/so" certainly sound
more natural to me. I suspect "hence" was more common in American
writing 50 years ago than today.

"Hence" may be fine for the British, along with their "whilst" and
"amongst," which caused a furor here some time ago! (Barely ever hear
an American use either of those...)


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