#95 - Conjunctive Adverbs - English Grammar

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Conjunctive Adverbs

Conjunctive adverbs are words that join independent clauses into one sentence. A conjunctive adverb helps you create a shorter sentence. When you use a conjunctive adverb, put a semicolon (;) before it and a comma (,) after it.

Conjunctive Adverbs

Some examples of conjunctive adverbs are: finally, however, otherwise, still, then, or therefore.

Finally - at the end; at last; after a long time
However - but; used when connecting two contrasting sentences
Otherwise - to indicate that if something doesn't happen, there may be a different situation
Then - at that time; in that case; used to indicate what will or should happen next
Therefore - because of that
  • I waited all week for this moment; finally, it's here.
  • I saved money all year; finally, I can buy a car.
  • The toy store had many stuffed animals; however, it did not have the one my daughter wanted.
  • There are many history books; however, none of them may be accurate.
  • We have to advertise our store; otherwise, some people may not know we're open now.
  • The law does not permit drinking and driving anytime; otherwise, there would be many more accidents.
  • I was having a good time; then, it was time to leave.
  • The baby fell asleep; then, the doorbell rang.
  • I didn't study for the test; therefore, I failed it.
  • The due date for the final paper has passed; therefore, I could not submit mine on time.

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