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    comma otherwise

    Hi,

    http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/otherwise

    otherwise [sentence adverb]: used when saying what bad thing will happen if something is not done:

    - You'll have to go now, otherwise you'll miss your bus.
    - Put your coat on, otherwise you'll get cold.

    I'd like to ask why a comma is used before 'otherwise' in each sentence above. Why not a semicolon?

    Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: comma otherwise

    "Otherwise" is listed as a conjunctive adverb. That is the reason for the comma.

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    Re: comma otherwise

    ''A semicolon joins two clauses when the second includes a conjunctive adverb such as accordingly, however, indeed, or thus, or a phrase that acts like a conjunctive adverb such as in that case, as a result, or on the other hand'' (page 32).

    The source: Merriam-Webster's Manual for Writers and Editors by Merriam-Webster.

    I feel a little confused. You say that "otherwise" is listed as a conjunctive adverb. That is the reason for the comma.'' but in the book it is the opposite.

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    #4

    Re: comma otherwise

    You're right. A semicolon would be better.

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