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perciò e quindi

In what context one is more appropriate to use than the other?

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    "Perciò" comes from "per" + "ciò" and means "per questo motivo" (for this reason) you can use this when you want to explain something, more or less in the same way you use "therefore" or から.

    Non aveva l'ombrello con sé, perciò si è bagnato.

    "Quindi" can be used with the meaning of "then, afterwards" or "therefore". So it can used with a meaning related to time:

    Ho fatto una telefonata, quindi sono uscito di casa.
    (dopo che ho fatto una telefonata sono uscito)

    or as therefore:

    Penso, quindi sono.
    I think, therefore I am.

     

    Perciò è quindi are very similar, they mean therefore
    Quindi can have one more meaning like "then"
    Cammina per via Garibaldi, quindi gira a sinistra
    Walk down Garibaldi street, then turn left
    Ciao

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