A conjunctive adverb is a type of adverb that connects two clauses or sentences together, acting as a coordinating conjunction. It is like the word "and" but adds a little more meaning to the sentence, showing a relationship between the clauses.
- Example: The movie was really bad; therefore, many people left early.
Following are several conjunctive adverb worksheets.
Worksheets on Conjunctive Adverbs
The first of the worksheets will have students identifying the conjunctive adverb in sentences.
Instructions: In the following sentences, underline the conjunctive adverb.
- Jason did not study; hence, he failed the test.
- You can go when the chores are done; otherwise, you will miss the party.
- We took blankets for the picnic; also, Sally brought food.
- The rain was pouring down; still, no one left the beach.
- You start cooking the steaks; meanwhile, I will make the dessert.
- I really like that puppy; however, my landlord does not allow pets.
- My dad spends a lot of time on the yard; therefore, our house has the nicest yard on the block.
- Jose did not read the instructions; so, he did not assemble the shelves properly.
- She got 20 presents for her birthday; nevertheless, she was not happy.
- I am sorry you can't go to the park today; besides, the weather forecast calls for rain.
In the next worksheet, the student will fill in the proper punctuation for sentences with a conjunctive adverb and write sentences using the words properly.
Explanation: Conjunctive adverbs put two independent clauses or sentences together and make a new sentence. The first sentence usually ends with a semicolon, and the conjunctive adverb is then followed by a comma.
Example: George had to sell his horse; thus, his riding days were over.
Instructions: Place the proper punctuation in these sentences.
- The snow kept Sally from jogging anyway she had homework to do.
- The dance finished early finally we could get something to eat.
- It is very hard to learn to swim of course it will be worth it in the end.
- Bob really wants a new car however he can not afford it.
- We will go to a movie then we will have some dinner.
- He stayed up all night playing games consequently he overslept this morning.
- You need to eat you vegetables otherwise you will not be healthy.
- She did not try her best so she did not make the team.
- Let's go for a walk meanwhile the roast will finish cooking.
- Bob and Ellen decided not to go to the party likewise I changed my mind, too.
Instructions: Write two sentences using one of these conjunctive adverbs:
however, still, also, since, of course, besides, earlier
In the next conjunctive adverb worksheets, the students will choose a word that completes the sentence and recognize the proper use of punctuation.
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 once:
however, anyway, besides, later, instead, so, next, still, also
- He complained a lot; __________, no one helped him.
- I really wanted the red one; __________, I bought the blue one.
- I wanted to go; __________, I saved my money.
- There are many reasons to work hard; __________, play can be fun.
- 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.
- ___The show was canceled; anyway, I didn't really want to go.
- ___I love music but, I can not keep a beat.
- ___The dog was really scary; therefore I walked to the other side of the street.
- ___Eating healthy is important: otherwise, you will be sick a lot.
- ___Now I understand triangles; before, I was totally lost.