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The chances of survival of this person were slightly lowered because he or she now had only one kidney and if that kidney became diseased there would not be a healthy kidney in reserve. So/Therefore/ Thus, he or she would certainly die.

1. Is there any difference when I use 'so', 'therefore' or 'thus' in the last sentence?

2. Does the last sentence make sense in its context?

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    1. Is there any difference when I use 'so', 'therefore' or 'thus' in the last sentence?

    Although they are all conjunctions to tell the results of situations, there is a slight difference.

    'So' tells us the result of what has been said.
    'Therefore' means 'Because this happened, this will happen.'
    'Thus' means 'As a result of this, ...'

    2. Does the last sentence make sense in its context?

    "So/Therefore/ Thus, he or she would certainly die."

    All of the words would make sense in this sentence. I think the best out of the three conjunctions to go with this sentence is 'thus'. Although, 'thus' isn't commonly used among the newer generations. 'So' is much more common.

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    "The chances of survival of this person were slightly lowered because he or she now had only one kidney and if that kidney became diseased there would not be a healthy kidney in reserve."

    You wrote a run-on sentence. People are usually penalized in essays for writing run-on sentences. You need to shorten the sentence:

    The chances of survival for this person were slightly lowered. This is because he or she now had only one kidney. If that kidney became diseased, he/she would not survive.

    I did not know what you meant by "there would not be a healthy kidney in reserve" but I assume you mean that he/she would die.

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