English: skills for learning
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5.2 Using adverbs in compound sentences

The two independent clauses that form a compound sentence are often linked through an adverb. You met most of these adverbs in Week 5 when you looked at ways to link ideas. The most common of these adverbs are listed in the following table.

Adding emphasis Giving an example Adding a consequence Adding a contrasting idea Adding a similar idea


in fact

for example

for instance





as a result



on the other hand


on the contrary




Compound sentences linked through an adverb are structured as follows:

First independent clause Semi-colon Adverb Comma Second independent clause
Researchers have studied AIDS for many years ; however , a vaccine has not been found yet.

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