This week we answer a reader’s question.
Please discuss the difference between “therefore” and “therefor.” I understand the difference, but it seems that not everyone does.
Once again we encounter the challenge posed by words that sound alike but have different spellings and meanings.
“Therefore” means “consequently” or “for that reason.” Here’s an example:
The owner of the Dodgers spent the team’s money foolishly, therefore the team filed bankruptcy.
“Therefor” means something entirely different. It means “for that” or “for it.” Here’s an example:
The Oregon Ducks won the 2012 Rose Bowl and received a magnificent trophy therefor.
As you can see, the word “therefor” seems archaic and clunky; therefore, most commentators recommend against using it.
That is all for now …