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Conjunctive adverbs show relationships between words or word groups.

Below are a number of conjunctive adverbs. Click on the button below each one to see an example of how it can be used to compare and contrast:
 alternatively
 conversely
 however
 likewise
 on the other hand
 similarly
Note: Conjunctive adverbs show relationships, but they can not be used to grammatically connect clauses. All this means is that you shouldn't use a comma after an independent clause and before a coordinating conjunction (doing this causes a comma splice):
Wrong: The government makes an effort to promote family values, however the fact is that divorce is on the rise.

Use a semicolon or period instead:
The government makes an effort to promote family values; however, the fact is that divorce is on the rise.

The government makes an effort to promote family values. However, the fact is that divorce is on the rise.

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