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Consequently and Subsequently

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Consequently is a conjunctive adverb that means "as a result."

The adverb subsequently means "next"--following in time, order, or place.

Examples:

  • "Actors cannot choose the manner in which they are born. Consequently, it is the one gesture in their lives completely devoid of self-consciousness." (Helen Hayes)

  • We were previously told that, due to the Mayan calendar, the world would end in the year 2012. Subsequently, we can expect climate change to cause another ice age and lead to our extinction.

Practice:

(a) The Olympic ideal can be hard to follow if you're an athlete who has endured years of intense training only _____ to fall short in front of millions.

(b) Unemployment is an emotional word, and _____ it is less understood and more exaggerated than just about any other aspect of the economy.

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