Connecting words

       CONNECTING WORDS

Become familiar with the three groups of connecting words that may come between clauses so that you can avoid run-together sentences and fragments.

GROUP 1:              

These words are found between independent clauses and require only a comma in front of them.

and                                          nor

but                                           yet

for                                            so

or

GROUP II:  

These words are found between independent clauses and require a semi-colon in front of them, or a period and a capital letter.

also                                         likewise                   therefore

consequently                        moreover                 then

furthermore                            nevertheless           thus

however                                 otherwise

GROUP III:        

These words usually signal a dependent clause.  Use a comma after a dependent clause if it comes at the beginning of a sentence.

after                                        in order that                          where

although                                     since                                wherever

though                                      that                                    whether

as                                            so that                                    which

as if                                         unless                               whichever

because                                    until                                        while

before                                      what                                       who

how                                         whatever                               whom

if                                               when                                     whose

even if                                     whenever