Grammar - 13-15 Conjuntive Adverbs


Practice using conjunctive adverbs in the 13-15 ACT range


Instructions: Copy and paste into a file in your E9 folder entitled "13-15.5" 

A. In the following sentences, highlight the conjunctive adverb.

  1. Jason did not study; hence, he failed the test.
  2. You can go when the chores are done; otherwise, you will miss the party.
  3. We took blankets for the picnic; also, Sally brought food.
  4. The rain was pouring down; still, no one left the beach.
  5. You start cooking the steaks; meanwhile, I will make the dessert. 
  6. I really like that puppy; however, my landlord does not allow pets.
  7. My dad spends a lot of time on the yard; therefore, our house has the nicest yard on the block.
  8. Jose did not read the instructions; so, he did not assemble it properly.
  9. She got 20 presents for her birthday; nevertheless, she was not happy.
  10. I am sorry you can’t go; besides, the weather forecast calls for rain.

Explanation: Conjunctive adverbs put two sentences together and make a new sentence. The first sentence ends with a semicolon, and the conjunctive adverb is followed by an adverb.  

Example: George had to sell his horse; thus, his riding days were over.

Instructions  Place the proper punctuation in these sentences. Use RED typing.


  1. The snow kept Sally from jogging anyway she had homework to do.
  2. The dance finished early finally we could get something to eat.
  3. It is very hard to learn to swim of course it will be worth it in the end.
  4. Bob really wants a new car however he can not afford it.
  5. We will go to a movie then we will have some dinner.
  6. He stayed up all night playing games consequently he overslept this morning.
  7. You need to eat you vegetables otherwise you will not be healthy.
  8. She did not try her best so she did not make the team.
  9. Let’s go for a walk meanwhile the roast will finish cooking.
  10. Bob and Ellen decided to go likewise I changed my mind, too.

Explanation: To combine two sentences together, you use a conjunctive adverb.

Example: I researched the topic at length; consequently, my paper received an “A”.  

Instructions: Fill in the blank with one of these conjunctive adverbs. You may only use each word one time:

C. however, anyway, besides, later, instead, so, next, still, also

  1. He complained a lot; __________, no one helped him.
  2. I really wanted the red one; __________, I bought the blue one.
  3. I wanted to go; __________, I saved my money.
  4. There are many reasons to work hard; __________, play can be fun.
  5. I will walk to the park; __________, I will stop for a hamburger.

Instructions: Put a C in front of the sentences which have the correct punctuation. If they are incorrect, put an I.

  1. ___The show was canceled; anyway, I didn’t really want to go.
  2. ___I love music but, I can not keep a beat.
  3. ___The dog was really scary; so I walked to the other side of the street. 
  4. ___Eating healthy is important: otherwise, you will be sick a lot.
  5. ___Now I understand triangles; before, I was totally lost.

D. Summative ACT College Readiness Standard: English 13-15: Sentence Structure and Formation: Use conjunctions or punctuation to join simple clauses.  



I began ice skating when I was only four years old.  I remember the first time I hit the ice.  I fell down several times, but I had the time of my life.  Soon, I was hooked.
   My mom took me ice skating every morning for over a year.  When I turned five, she bought me my first pair of ice skates.  They were pink.  I fell in love with my new skates, and they gave me a new feeling of confidence.  Nevertheless,
I even wanted to wear my new skates to school.
   I am sixteen now, and I have been skating for twelve years.  This year, I am training for the Olympic trials.  My goal is to win a gold medal at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver in 2010.  Furthermore, I
hope to continue to skate for years to come.  If all works out as planned, I will be the Michael Phelps of ice skating.

1. Which is the best choice?  Why?
B. Later,
C. Immediately,
D. Next week,

2. Which is the best choice?  Why?
B. Even so,
C. So much so,
D. Similarly,

3.  Which is the best choice?  Why?
B. Thus,
C. Similarly,
D. This time,

E Summative - Independent Practice

Writing Application

DIRECTIONS: Respond to the prompt given to you by your teacher in the form of a paragraph.  Your response must meet the requirements shown in the grading box, and be at least five (5) sentences in length. PROMPT: Use the survivor story or Lord of the Flies and five conjunctive adverbs in a paragraph.







English Skills: Comma & Semicolon Use

Writer uses conjunctive adverbs at least five times.  Writer uses the adverbs and punctuation appropriately and accurately.   Writer uses conjunctive adverbs at least three times.  Writer uses the punctuation and adverbs appropriately and accurately.   Writer fails to use conjunctive adverbs all or writer uses  the punctuation inappropriately or inaccurately.
Conjunctive adverbs

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