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Haven't thought it over carefully. But obvious difference is that

因此: because of this/that, due to this/taht; and

因而: so that, such that.

For examples:


The snow on the road is very heavy, so we decided to send some people there to clear it.


The snow on the road is very heavy, and we were short-handed, that effected the traffic.

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Thanks for your reply, Monto!

I'm still a bit confused. Is it that after 因而 a situation is explained which is the result from the first part of the sentence, and after 因此 you write an action which was provoked by the first part of the sentence?


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