Conjunctive adverbs are transition words
that are often confused with conjunctions. Conjunctive adverbs are adverbs
that show a transition between ideas within a sentence. Like other adverbs,
conjunctive adverbs can be moved to different parts of a sentence because
they are not connecting grammatical parts of the sentence; for example,
There is an important difference between conjunctive adverbs and coordinating conjunctions. As previously pointed out, a conjunctive adverb can be moved within the clause that it is part of; coordinating conjunctions, on the other hand, must come before the clause that it joins.
If coordinating conjunctions had been used in the example sentences above, the conjunction could not be moved from in front of the clause it belongs to. For example;
Sentence number 4 is an acceptable sentence; sentence number 5, however, is not acceptable.
Read the sentence pairs below. On a sheet of paper combine the sentence pairs using a conjunctive adverb.
To check your answers, click the first sentence of each sentence pair.