Mechanics - Punctuation - Commas
Use a comma after a conjunctive adverbAdverbs are words that modify (1) verbs, (2) adjectives, and (3) other adverbs. They tell how (manner), when (time), where (place), how much (degree), and why (cause). Source: Lesson 161 or phraseA phrase is a group of words used as a sentence part. It does not have a subject and a verb. It can be a noun, adjective, or adverb. Some common phrases are prepositional, gerund, participial, and infinitive. Source: Lesson 246 like for example, in fact, or for instance used to join two main clauses. Common conjunctive adverbs are therefore, nevertheless, moreover, consequently, furthermore, besides, then, thus, instead, accordingly, otherwise, so, yet, still, hence, however.
Jill knew she could not win; nevertheless, she kept running.
Instructions: Place commas where they are needed.
1. The trip was wonderful; in fact everyone raved about it.
2. Will wants a promotion; therefore he is working overtime.
3. I do not believe a word he says; otherwise I would listen to his presentation.
4. You seem to be well-qualified; however your price is too high.
5. Your goals are unclear to me; so I will not vote for you.