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Like other conjunctions, conjunctive adverbs connect. Conjunctive adverbs can connect independent clauses together to create compound sentences. Many transitional expressions are in fact conjunctive adverbs.
I prepared for the test; however, I did not do well.
Jason washed the dishes; meanwhile, his sister vacuumed the floor.
Conjunctive adverbs can also begin, interrupt, or end a single main clause.