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    Conjunctive advers and semi colons and commas

    Hi guys

    There is an issue I'm slightly confused about: why are conjunctive adverbs sometimes used between a semi colon and the next clause? The fact that you are using a semi colon indicates the relation between the two so surely a conjunctive advers is not needed. I see why you would use one if there was no semi colon but as explained above is it necessary ?

    Also, is it really necessary to use a comma after a conjunctive adverb in either situation or in general (see last part of sentence above)?

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    Re: Conjunctive advers and semi colons and commas

    Click here to read about semicolons followed by conjunctive adverbs.

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    Re: Conjunctive advers and semi colons and commas

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Click here to read about semicolons followed by conjunctive adverbs.
    Thanks for the link!

    Perhaps I didn't explain correctly: what I meant was why use a conjunctive adverb and a semi colon? If you are going to use a conjunctive adverb to join two clauses then just start a new sentence. I can see the use of both but using a semi colon with a conjunctive adverb just seems to make things a bit too "busy".


    In regards to one of the examples on the link, the one that uses "nevertheless" to reference his determination, to be honest I'm not sure if I would use any commas at all. If I was to use one it would be after nevertheless but it seems there is no need to use it before...

    Please correct me if I'm wrong.

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    Re: Conjunctive advers and semi colons and commas

    Conjunctive adverbs cannot connect two clauses with a comma. Either a semicolon or a period/full stop is needed. In my opinion, a semicolon implies a more direct connection between two clauses than does a period/full stop. But either method works.

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