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Is there an introductory word or phrase which means considering what was said?

German-made parts are way too expensive. Taking it into consideration, we ordered Chinese ones.

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    I'm not exactly sure that I've understood what you are talking about but "take something into consideration" means "to remember to think about something important when you are making a decision or judgment" . "considering what was (just) said" is also fine, especially after direct speech and so are "considering what was (just) mentioned" or "considering what has (just) been said (mentioned)". Many other variants are possible. – SovereignSun Apr 27 '17 at 7:47
  • I agree with Cardinal's suggestions below and have upvoted the answer, but I would like to add for you, the OP, that in your example, as it is currently worded, you are looking for a word that means more "because of this," not only "because." I just want to point this out because if we simply substitute "because" in your original sentence, it won't fit. Plus, the conjunctions suggested by Cardinal are more substitutes for "because of this," not "because." The "of this" is implied in words like "thus," "hence," "therefore," etc. – Teacher KSHuang Apr 27 '17 at 8:27
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    @TeacherKSHuang I think this is a classic "cause and effect" scenario in which "because" can also be used to convey "because of this". I am a learner, so maybe a native friend can shed some light on this and help me with this. – Cardinal Apr 27 '17 at 8:41
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    @Cardinal I think you are both confusing "because" with "because of this" - "because this happened", "because it is the way it is". The OP's sentence expresses the idea that because of the fact that German-made parts are too expensive they ordered Chinese ones. "because" can't fit here in the second part but one can rephrase the sentence should one wish to use the word because: "Because German-made parts are too expensive we ordered Chinese ones." – SovereignSun Apr 27 '17 at 8:50
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    @TeacherKSHuang A lot of great answers, it's so difficult to choose the best. I need some time to read everything thoroughly, including comments. – olegst Apr 27 '17 at 13:52
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What about good old "so"?

German-made parts are way too expensive, so we ordered Chinese ones.

This is by far the most natural way of saying this.

  • Yes, especially in informal speech this is what I would expect. – 1006a Apr 27 '17 at 15:08
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    My mind went almost instantly to a more formal register, so I was thinking "Therefore", but this answer is perfect if the tone is just conversational. – TecBrat Apr 27 '17 at 18:54
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    I feel like even in a formal setting this phrase (with "so") is absolutely fine. – theonlygusti Apr 27 '17 at 19:56
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I guess you want to use a subordinate conjunction (or a phrase with similar functionality) which simply means "because". In this context, I can mention several ones as below:

  1. Thus
  2. Therefore
  3. Hence
  4. consequently
  5. In this regard
  6. With this regard
  7. Under this consideration
  8. ...

However, I think you can reword that sentence to a more concise sentence:

  1. Since German-made parts are way too expensive, we ordered Chinese ones.
  2. We ordered Chinese ones because German-made parts are way too expensive.

And many other similar sentences.


Note: In line with the constructive feed-backs, "due to the reason that" and "due to" has been replaced by "because".

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    @Cardinal The "due to the reason that" sounds odd where you placed it. I'd rephrase "Due to the reason that the German-made parts are way too expensive we ordered the Chinese ones." – SovereignSun Apr 27 '17 at 8:45
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    The idiomatic phrasing for that second sentence would be: "We ordered Chinese-made parts because the German ones were way too expensive." You could also say: "We ordered Chinese-made parts due to the German ones being way too expensive." but that doesn't sound as good to my ears. – Cody Gray Apr 27 '17 at 9:46
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    The second example sentence sounds very wrong to my (AmE) ear. The phrase due to modifies nouns and noun phrases; German-made parts are way too expensive is neither. To correct it, you can add in the fact that after due to, or you could rephrase the whole last part to be something like due to the excessive expense of German parts. Or, and this would be my preference, take out due to altogether and put in because. – 1006a Apr 27 '17 at 15:07
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    Your latest edit looks good. I don't know how you would fit as matter of the fact that, though. We tend to use as a matter of fact as a set-phrase for emphasis, like As a matter of fact, I do want some ice cream. It's also possible to introduce a statement with it is a matter of fact that, which again is mainly a sort of filler-emphasis sort of phrase, and it's a standard legal term. It generally isn't used to join two phrases or ideas together, so I don't think it would work here. – 1006a Apr 27 '17 at 16:17
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    @1006a: "Due to German parts being way too expensive, ..." – Lightness Races in Orbit Apr 28 '17 at 0:05
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Given:

assigned as a basis of calculation, reasoning, etc.: Given A and B, C follows.

dictionary.com

So your sentence would read:

German-made parts are way too expensive. Given that, we ordered Chinese ones.

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Your phrase as-is is exactly what I'd use. Except I would probably change it to "this," not "it."

German-made parts are way too expensive. Taking this into consideration, we ordered Chinese ones.

Meanwhile, if you want a one-word answer, you could use, "thus" and various other synonyms for "thus."

German-made parts are way too expensive. Thus, we ordered Chinese ones.

If you want to consolidate your sentences even more, you could try a semicolon.

German-made parts are way too expensive; thus, we ordered Chinese ones.

Semicolons show you really know your stuff, add sentence variation in construction, (slightly) lead into the next train of thought without breaking the reader's flow and just look cool.

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    In my desire to broaden this excellent answer may I say that "Taking this into consideration" simply means "Based on this knowledge we've come to an opinion and decided something" – SovereignSun Apr 27 '17 at 7:50
  • You may, good sir :). – Teacher KSHuang Apr 27 '17 at 7:52
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    Another point is a probable usage of "have (less often take) something under consideration" instead of "take something into consideration". Under here implies the weigh of possibility of something, to be in the process of thinking about something. – SovereignSun Apr 27 '17 at 7:55
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    +1 -- I'll add my suggestion here too. :) In a less format setting, another possible alternative is And because of this, ... – Damkerng T. Apr 27 '17 at 8:16
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    "Semicolons (...) just look cool." Wait a sec; let me print that and hang it on my wall :) +1 – dkaeae Apr 27 '17 at 11:23
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If you definitely want a single word, then I would go with 'accordingly' - "in a way that is appropriate to the particular circumstances".

"German-made parts are way too expensive. Accordingly, we ordered Chinese ones."

  • Since and Because both fit in well too. Only the sentence should be reconstructed. – SovereignSun Apr 27 '17 at 11:50
  • @SovereignSun or maybe the sentences in OP question are meant to be said in different moments. – Mindwin Apr 27 '17 at 15:51
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Consider: In light of or similar phrases.

From the Macmillan Dictionary

because of a particular fact

In light of your good driving record, we’ve decided to overlook this offense.

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The majority of answers are looking to satisfy the original requirement and don't seem to consider sentence order. What you are trying to convey can be said in a single short sentence without archaic words like 'thus' and without the use of complex punctuation I.e.

We ordered Chinese parts because the German ones are too expensive.

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Knowing that German-made parts are way too expensive, we ordered Chinese ones.

Or if you were to keep the structure same you could say

German-made parts are way too expensive. Knowing that, we ordered Chinese ones.

knowing

Showing or suggesting that one has knowledge or awareness that is secret or known to only a few people.

Reference

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