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  1. nhsherr

    punctuation with thus, therefore

    When "thus" or "therefore" introduce a dependent clause, is a comma between clauses needed? Here's my problematic sentence:

    The foundation manages private gifts for the benefit of the university thus assuring the donor that the purpose for which funds were donated will be honored.

    Better?: ... university, thus assuring the donor ...

    or: ... university, thus, assuring the donor ...

    or eliminate "thus"?: ... university, assuring the donor ...

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    Re: punctuation with thus, therefore

    The sentence is awkard, and I suggest you avoid the "thus"

    Re-writing it:

    To assure donors the purpose of their donations will be honored, the foundation will manage private gifts to benefit the university.

    But as a possible donor, it still does not make me feel good.

    How about:

    Because the Foundation manages private gifts for the benefit of the university, each donor is assured that the purpose of their gift will be honored.

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