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If there is a sentence-

English is not too difficult to master, ____ it gets easier and easier with practice

which of these words would be the best fit for the blank and why?

  1. So
  2. When
  3. As
  4. Consequently

At the outset, it would appear that "as" seems a good fit here, but when you do think about it, even the other words look like a plausible option. In effect, it closely resembles a "cause and effect" scenario, hence the confusion. Other than "consequently", I think all the other words do fit here, at least in a way.

I did come across a similar question here, but this didn't help in getting me a certain answer for my question.

Please help, thank you.

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  • 'and' it gets easier and easier with practice. – user66974 Jul 23 '14 at 6:54
  • ...therefore it gets easier and easier with practice. – Erik Kowal Jul 23 '14 at 7:05
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    None of the options given really make for a very good sentence. Consequently would create a comma splice, so that is especially not recommended. The best option is to insert nothing at all, but change the preceding comma to a colon: the fact that practising makes it easier is a kind of explanation of how English is easy to master. The more basic problem, of course, is that it's an inane statement—_every_ language gets easier with practice. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Jul 23 '14 at 7:48
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    This question may at best be asked on English Language Learners – Kris Jul 23 '14 at 7:51
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    @Janus I entirely fail to disagree with you. – Edwin Ashworth Jul 23 '14 at 7:52
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Your options mean different things, so you can't say that one is better than another.

So/consequently/therefore: using these would mean that the first phrase is the reason for the second

Because/as: using this would mean that the second phrase is the reason for the first

When: using this joins the phrases together to mean that English isn't difficult when practising makes it get easier (which is tautological.)

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    'Consequently' would require a semicolon at least. – Edwin Ashworth Jul 23 '14 at 7:51

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