You know what – I won’t keep you in suspense and will just spell it out. The word is:
So, what is so special about it, and why is it a Power Word? Here’s what it can help you accomplish:
- It tells the reader that you are well informed about the subject
- It shows that you’ve done your homework researching the subject
- It tell the reader that you are a smart and logical person
- It helps you make a powerful point
- It adds quality to your essay
- If used with correct punctuation, it improves your professor’s overall impression of your writing.
So, how do we use the word therefore?
We use it to make a logical conclusion from a previously stated thought. For example:
Apples contain lots of iron and are a great source of heart-healthy fiber. Therefore, apples are a healthy food.
Simple, isn’t it?
The Power Word therefore can be used two different ways within a sentence: in the beginning and in the middle. For example:
In the beginning:
Summers fly by very fast. Therefore, every summer day should be enjoyed to the fullest.
In the middle:
Summers fly by very fast. Every summer day, therefore, should be enjoyed to the fullest.
You can write it either way – both ways are perfectly acceptable. But here’s a bit of advice:
Alter the two ways. Write therefore in the beginning, and the next time write it in the middle. This is a very simple but powerful way to show your professor that you are smart and have a good taste in writing as well as good grammar skills.
- When you write the word therefore in the beginning of the sentence, use a comma right after it, just like in the examples above.
- When you write it in the middle of the sentence, just enclose it in between commas. In other words, put a comma right before it and one right after. Easy enough?