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    Usage of linking words- Though and Subsequently

    Gurus, I am new to this forum as a registered user though I have been visiting it for last 6 months or so.

    While learning linking words in English, I came across following two practice questions in my learning material.

    1- The weather of Bangladesh was terrible. ___, we decided to delay our trip to Dhaka.
    a. Subsequently b. Besides c. Therefore

    2- _____ the literacy rate of City A increased dramatically in the first quarter, it decreased sharply in the second quarter.
    a. Though b. Instead c. However


    In the first question, I believe "a" is the correct word but "c" seems to be equally correct in the sentence. Similarly, in the second question, "a" is the correct one but "c" equally seems to be a fit in there.

    Please help.

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    Re: Usage of linking words- Though and Subsequently

    Quote Originally Posted by shanghailuv View Post
    Gurus, I am new to this forum as a registered user though I have been visiting it for last 6 months or so.

    While learning linking words in English, I came across following two practice questions in my learning material.

    1- The weather of Bangladesh was terrible. ___, we decided to delay our trip to Dhaka.
    a. Subsequently b. Besides c. Therefore

    2- _____ the literacy rate of City A increased dramatically in the first quarter, it decreased sharply in the second quarter.
    a. Though b. Instead c. However


    In the first question, I believe "a" is the correct word but "c" seems to be equally correct in the sentence. Similarly, in the second question, "a" is the correct one but "c" equally seems to be a fit in there.

    Please help.
    I agree about #1, and actually prefer C. I don't agree about #2. A is the only possible answer.

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    Re: Usage of linking words- Though and Subsequently

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I agree about #1, and actually prefer C. I don't agree about #2. A is the only possible answer.
    Thanks Mike for the response.

    Would it make any difference, if I change the sequence of the clauses for #2 in following way?
    2- It decreased sharply in the second quarter, _____ the literacy rate of City A increased dramatically in the first quarter.
    a. Though b. Instead c. However


    I am thinking that "c" would be a good fit here. Please advise.

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    Re: Usage of linking words- Though and Subsequently

    Quote Originally Posted by shanghailuv View Post

    Would it make any difference [no comma] if I changed the sequence of the clauses for #2 in the following way?

    2- It decreased sharply in the second quarter. However, the literacy rate of City A increased dramatically in the first quarter.
    a. Though b. Instead c. However

    I am thinking that "c" would be a good fit here. Only if you make the punctuation changes shown.
    Rover

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    Re: Usage of linking words- Though and Subsequently

    Quote Originally Posted by shanghailuv View Post
    1- The weather of Bangladesh was terrible. ___, we decided to delay our trip to Dhaka.
    a. Subsequently b. Besides c. Therefore
    c. "Therefore" is the only correct response. "Consequently" could work, but "subsequently" is wrong. The decision to delay the trip occurred at the same time that the weather was terrible. If the decision was made "subsequent" to the weather being terrible (ie. when the weather was no longer terrible), a different decision might have been made.
    Perhaps the exam-setter had 'consequently' in mind.

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    Re: Usage of linking words- Though and Subsequently

    Thanks Ray and Rover. Real neat and clean answers.

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    You're welcome, but a click on the Thank button would have sufficed. It saves everybody's time.

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