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Using Commas to Introduce Conjunctive Adverbs

     Using a comma is the standard way to separate conjunctive adverbs from the bulk of a sentence. Similar to a coordinating conjunction, a conjunctive adverb is a word or phrase used to transition from one thought to the next; conjunctive adverbs are more versatile, though, as they’re diverse and have the ability to introduce additional nuance and subtlety—not to mention, you can use them to start a sentence, which you can’t do with coordinating conjunctions (at least, not without creating a sentence fragment.)

 

     However, a conjunctive adverb alone cannot join two independent clauses the way that a coordinating conjunction can; its main purpose is to transition from one thought to the next while showing the relationship between the two. Some common examples of conjunctive adverbs include Also, Furthermore, Finally, As a result, Meanwhile, and Nevertheless.

 

     Conjunctive adverbs commonly appear at the beginning of a sentence, but they can also be found at various places within the sentence; the most important thing to remember is that they must be set off by punctuation. Here are some examples demonstrating the proper way to use commas with conjunctive adverbs:

First of all, let’s talk about the weather.

Furthermore, the forecast didn’t predict that there would be a tornado.

He did not, however, watch the weather report.

As a result, she forgot to bring an umbrella.

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Miko lives in North Alabama with their husband, Mark—two bright blue dots in a really red state. The pair have three cats, Henry, Louise, and Jefferson Twilight, and live the quiet and satisfying lives of two nerdy introverts. The work-from-home lifestyle is perfect for Miko, who was diagnosed with ADHD and autism in their late thirties.

     In their spare time, Miko enjoys gardening, playing the piano, singing, playing JRPGs, Tabletop gaming, and (of course) reading.

For more about me, visit my blog here.