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    What is the difference between these two words?

    What is the difference between 'whereby' and 'thereby'?
    You would confer a great favour upon me by explaining this:) thx in advance

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    Re: What is the difference between these two words?

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello, Danny:

    (1) My books tell me that "whereby" is a rather formal and legalistic term that means "by which."

    (a) Here is my bad example: Usingenglish. com has a forum called "Editing & Writing Topics" whereby students may post their

    writing, and other members will check their grammar.

    (2) "Thereby," my books say, means "as a result of that."

    (a) My bad example: The Parser accidentally wrote something political, thereby causing the moderator to delete his post.

    (3) If you want good examples, just google some online dictionaries.


    P.S. You notice that one must often place a comma (= pause) in front of "thereby."


    HAVE A NICE DAY!

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    Re: What is the difference between these two words?

    I would add to Parser's great post that neigher are used in common conversational English, and I've only very rarely used either in the vast amounts of professional writing I've done. So don't worry about them too much.
    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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