Conjunctive Adverbs: The importance and use of Conjunctive adverbs in Business English Communication

Effective business English communication skills are of great value and importance in this modern business world. People with good business communication skills can maintain a positive image at work that in turn can lead them to get both professional development as well as strong experience and exposure. There are several aspects to be considered while using business English communication both in verbal and written forms. And one of them is being familiar with the correct use of conjunctive adverbs. This article speaks about the importance and use of conjunctive adverbs. It also provides the list of most commonly used conjunctive adverbs, so that you can use the conjunctive adverbs conveniently in your communication.

When considering the importance of conjunctive adverbs, it may be understood that there may be times when you need to use different conjunctive adverbs depending on their functions in particular sentences. If you are well-aware of the ways in which these words are used, you can make use of them conveniently in your business English Communication. Also, it must be noted that effective communication is about conveying proper message or information to the receivers so that the desired effect may be attained. Hence, it is by dint of your ability to use these words correctly, you can do so effectively.

Let’s discuss now what the Conjunctive Adverb is. The term conjunctive comes from the Latin word, conjunctivus, meaning joined or combined with something else. So, a conjunctive adverb is an adverb that connects two independent clauses. Conjunctive adverbs show cause and effect, sequence, contrast, comparison, or other relationships. The beauty of using conjunctive adverbs is that it helps us in bringing together the two thoughts, while it helps us to make each clause stand on its own as a sentence by using semicolon or comma between them. Another important thing to be considered relating to the use of conjunctive adverb is that the conjunctive adverbs can be grouped according to the functions. Hence, by providing a smooth transition from one idea to another idea, conjunctive adverbs are of great importance and use in business English communication. Some of the functions of Conjunctive adverbs are mentioned below:

Conjunctive adverbs are used to show addition.
In addition, additionally, next, also

When you need to express emphasis, you can use the following conjunctive adverbs
Surely, indeed, definitely, of course

Sometimes, there is a need for making comparison. The following conjunctive adverbs are used:
similarly, likewise

If you need to refer the time aspect, you can use these words, such as, before, now, since, meanwhile

Words that are used to provide illustration, for example, for instance, namely

Below is a list of the most commonly used conjunctive adverbs:
In addition
In contrast

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Written by:
K. A. Fareed (Fareed Siddiqui)
Writer, Trainer, Author, Blogger, Software Developer
BBA, MBA-Finance, MPhil-Financial Management, (MSc-Software Engineering)
MA-English, MPhil-English
Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Applications and Programming
Certificate course in English language proficiency
Level 1 – Leadership and Management ILM – UK
Pursuing CMA-USA
Individual Member of Institute of Management Consultants of India


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