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    Can someone please help to understand where and how to use the below words in writing ?

    1. Whereby
    2. Wherein
    3. Whereas

    also, please tell me are those words are single word or separate ?
    Appreciate, if you could help with an examples.
    Thanks

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    Default Re: Usage of the words

    I never use the first two. It's very, very rarely that I use the third.

    You can get by just fine without adding these to your vocabulary unless you work in the legal profession.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: Usage of the words

    Quote Originally Posted by nandhusri2007 View Post
    Can someone please help to understand where and how to use the below words in writing ?

    1. Whereby
    2. Wherein
    3. Whereas

    also, please tell me are those words are single word or separate ?
    Appreciate, if you could help with an examples.
    Thanks
    ********** NOT A TEACHER **********


    Nandhusri,


    (1) As the moderator said, people do not use these words in

    ordinary speech or writing.

    (2) They are used if you are a lawyer writing something for the

    court, or you are a member of your government writing a new law.

    (3) Ordinary speakers such as I never use these words. First,

    I do not know how to use them correctly; second, if I did use them,

    other people would laugh at me.

    *****

    (4) Yes, they are now spelled as one word. (Professor George O. Curme

    in his A Grammar of the English Language says that originally "whereas"

    was indeed spelled as where as.)

    (5) I have found two definitions from Mr. Bryan A. Garner's

    A Dictionary of Modern American Usage:

    (a) whereas. Sometimes it means "although." His example:

    Whereas both his parents have black hair, he has blond.

    (b) `whereby. Sometimes it means "by means of which."

    His example (which I have changed into my own words):

    The president has agreed to an agreement whereby the Congress

    will continue to help the poor.

    (6) I found this definition in The Columbia Guide to Standard American

    Guide:

    (a) wherein. Sometimes it means "where." The book's example:

    This is the school wherein they placed me. Sometimes it means

    "how." The book's example: Show me wherein I did wrong.

    (7) You can google these words. I am sure that you will

    find many results.

    (8) Finally, I am reading a book about a movie director. Queen

    Elizabeth the Second decided to give him a title. She wrote:


    Whereas We have thought fit to nominate and appoint you to be


    ....

    In this case, whereas does not mean "although." It is just a

    beautiful old word used to introduce formal announcements. My

    dictionary tells me that it means something like: Considering the

    fact that ....


    Thank you for your great question. I learned a lot while

    I was researching the answer.

    HAPPY NEW YEAR

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    Default Re: Usage of the words

    TheParser,

    Thank you for your explanation and suggestion.

    I understand that these words are not suitable for ordinary speech and mostly it can be used while writing legal documents ( "wherein" and "whereby" were used in many places in our land agreement ") .

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