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I saw this on a book:

Lay the pieces out thus.

Thus it was necessary for me to resign.

What does that word mean and when is it used?

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    Hi Karen, "Thus" means, "in this way" or "therefore" "because of this".


    I saw this on a book:
    Lay the pieces out thus.
    Thus it was necessary for me to resign.

    "Lay the pieces out in this way - Lay the pieces out like this"
    "because of this it was necessary for me to resign" (although I'd use "therefore" not thus).

    It's an older word.

    Also I'd have said, "Lay the pieces out thusly" - if I was you I would avoid using "thus" until you become more comfortable with the language, stay with the words, "like this", "in this way", "because of".

    I hope that helps.

    Craig
    It can mean a few things.
    Therefore/consequently....thus it was necessary for me to resign.
    In the way shown.....lay the pieces out thus.
    To this extent......thus far we have three examples.
    Thus indicates a pattern or method. It means a thing like "in this way" or "in this condition" Examples follow.
    If you throw the ball thus, as I’m showing you, - good example "as I'm showing you" mirrors thus. Same meaning
    I have all the ingredients. Thus I can cook the recipe. Thus means 'in this condition or situation."
    Logic will help you see when to use thus and related word therefore.

    The first is like Spanish "de este modo":
    "Lay the pieces out thus." = "Lay the pieces out in this way/fashion/mode."

    The second is like Spanish "por consiguiente":
    "Thus it was necessary for me to resign." = "Therefore, it was necessary for me to resign." or "Because of that reason, it was necessary for me to resign."

    Hope that helps! :)

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