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    Question Hence usage.

    Hello teacher,

    are those sentences right?

    He didn't eat properly, and hence he caught cold.

    He didn't eat properly, hence he caught cold.

    He didn't eat properly.Hence, he caught cold.

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    Default Re: Hence usage.

    None of them is very natural. Most of us would say, "He didn't eat properly, and so he caught a cold".

    On second thoughts, we probably wouldn't say that. Failure to eat properly does not normally cause one to catch a cold.
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    Default Re: Hence usage.

    'Hence' is on the way out. But - though not natural - those examples are all correct.

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    Default Re: Hence usage.

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    None of them is very natural. Most of us would say, "He didn't eat properly, and so he caught a cold".

    On second thoughts, we probably wouldn't say that. Failure to eat properly does not normally cause one to catch a cold.
    I wouldn't bother with "and" before "so".

    I have to slightly disagree with you about the cause/effect situation there. Failure to eat a good healthy diet (to eat properly) can certainly affect your susceptibility to illness, and a lack of vitamin C and antioxidants in the diet can mean you catch colds etc more easily than others. I agree with you that the rather specific "so he caught a cold" is unlikely. "...so he caught lots of colds" would better.

    He didn't eat properly so he was prone to illness, particularly in the winter.
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    Default Re: Hence usage.

    I was asking about the hence usage. I think hence has the same meaning as both 'therefore' and 'so' so did i used it correctly?

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    Default Re: Hence usage.

    Then read post #3 again.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: Hence usage.

    Quote Originally Posted by saloom2 View Post
    ... I think hence has the same meaning as both 'therefore' and 'so' ...
    It means 'from here' or 'from this'. Substitute one of those in your context, and punctuate/reword accordingly.

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