Select the transitional device that best matches the sentence.

The manufacturers claimed that the new design would achieve the same results in half the time. We ____ tested the new and old machines with identical replicates of the three samples.

Correct answer: Therefore.

Explanation: “Accordingly” indicates a match or correspondence, as in a relationship between ideas or conditions, whereas “therefore” denotes a consequence or a logical explanation.

Correct example of the use of “accordingly”:

Since childhood, Robert has seen many marriages—including his parents’—collapse. Accordingly, he is of the opinion that marriages are bound to fail.

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