Therefore vs. Therefor

Therefore with an E at the end, and therefor without an E at the end are used quite often by lawyers. Unfortunately, because they look…

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Hi and welcome to TransLegal's lesson of the week. My name is Bob.

Today I'm going to talk about two words that are used quite often by lawyers. Unfortunately, because they look and they sound the same, they are mixed up or used improperly. The words are therefore with an E at the end, and therefor without an E at the end.

The worst thing about these two words is that even the best non-native English speakers get it wrong. I remember many times sending great translations back to our clients and the client would send it back to me saying, “Hey, this is a great translation Rob, but could you please change it such that all the therefors without the E”, which they assumed were misspellings, “are changed to therefore with the E.”

So what's the difference between these two words?

Well, therefore means 'for that reason' or 'consequently' or 'thus', whereas therefor without the E just means 'for that' or 'for it'.

So some examples of therefore – a good sentence of therefore with an E would be:

"Therefore the Court found the evidence unconvincing"

Whereas for therefor without the E, a good sentence would be:

"The applicant must submit the application form and any supporting documentation therefor in two weeks' time".

The therefor means 'for it', the 'it' being the application.

Just remember that there's a difference and if you're not sure, check TransLegal's dictionary, you shouldn't have a problem.

That's all for today, and remember if you've got any questions or comments, put them in the comments box below and we'll get back to you. Good luck and see you next time.