In today’s article, we will not discuss simple conjunctions but the conjunctive adverbs. Yes! They are a thing. And English geeks like me and you are desperate to know what they mean. Read on to find out more about conjunctive adverbs.
As the word suggests, conjunctive adverbs connect words and phrases with each other so you can effortlessly transition from one idea to the next in the text. Specifically, conjunctive adverbs are some particular adverbs that serve the purpose of connection between words and phrases.
In the above example, the two phrases it started raining and we decided to stay at home are connected or linked together with the help of an adverb therefore. Thus therefore in the above example is called conjunctive adverb.
He didn’t come home; instead, he walked over to Alice’s apartment.
Some examples of conjunctive adverbs include: also/besides/consequently/conversely/finally/furthermore/hence/however/indeed/instead/likewise/meanwhile/moreover/nevertheless/next/nonetheless/otherwise/similarly/still/subsequently
Consider the above example. There are two sentences involved and none uses the comma or semi colon. The conjunctive adverb indeed connects the two sentences but the link is so weak that we don’t use any comma.