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Is "hence why' a correct usage of 'hence' Options
Alexander Lo
Posted: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 1:29:12 PM

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I read a sentence 'I don't use them for years; hence why I am selling them.' Sounds to me is 'Here is the reason why why'. Is it the correct usage of the word 'Hence'?
towan52
Posted: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 2:42:59 PM

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It's incorrect because the word "why" was used as well, also the first part is screwed up.

I haven't used them for years; hence I am selling them. You could also use "thus". The most natural word choice would be "so". If one was desperate to use the word "why" then:
"I haven't used them for years; that is why I am selling them." would work.
papo_308
Posted: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 2:47:05 PM
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What about the first sentence: "I don't use them for years"?
Shouldn't it be "I haven't used them for years"?

Edit: Posted before Towan edited his post.
shahidmost
Posted: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 2:58:28 PM

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I don't use them for years. (incorrect)

However, since one of the uses of the Simple Past Tense is that it is used to describe actions that take place routinely: consistently without intermission or interruption, hourly, daily, yearly so on and so forth.

This photocopier works.
Every morning he goes for a jog.
These plants grow well in summer.


It is therefore possible that the sentence I don't use them for years
means in either of these to ways:

a) I have not used them at all for years.
b) I have not used them regularly for years.

So, which one applies: a or b?

There therefore is that ambiguity, and the elimination of which requires us to stick to the rules of the grammar and say instead:

I have not used them for years.

I haven't use them for years, hence the reason for me to sell them.
I haven't use them for years, hence I have the reason to sell them.
I haven't use them for years, hence the reason to sell them.

I haven't use them for years, I am therefore selling them.


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IMcRout
Posted: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 4:08:45 PM
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Just to avoid even more confusion: for 'I haven't use them for years' in shahidmost's post, read 'I haven't used them for years'.
Jeff Siemers
Posted: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 4:56:13 PM

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For years they have gone unused, hence the sale of said items. Boo hoo!
shahidmost
Posted: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 6:37:38 PM

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IMcRout wrote:
Just to avoid even more confusion: for 'I haven't use them for years' in shahidmost's post, read 'I haven't used them for years'.



damn!!

The magic of copying and pasting. I copied:

I typed I don't use them for years ...

I changed don't to haven't, and forgot to change the verb:


Thanks IMcRout, for pointing out!


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The Realist
Posted: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 9:44:58 PM

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The reason why.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 3:55:51 AM

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The Realist wrote:
The reason why.


AAaaggh!
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