Consequently and subsequently

Use ‘consequently’ when one event or idea is a consequence of another, meaning that the first thing led to the second.  For example:

  • I asked Campbell to edit my thesis; consequently, it passed without amendments.
  • Great Britain declared war on Germany as a consequence of the latter’s invasion of Poland.

Use ‘subsequently’, on the other hand, when you want to imply that event two happened after event one; it followed sequentially in time, but no causality was necessarily involved.

  • Lionel Messi scored for Barcelona, and subsequently scored again.
  • Kanye West posts a woman’s nude picture, subsequently deletes it (if this D-list tittle-tattle interests you, here’s the link)
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