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Can someone help clear my doubt on conjunction adverbs?

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New post 06 Jun 2020, 19:09
Hi All,

Hope everyone is safe and well during these challenging times!

I recently came across an OG 18 - (Question 600) Critical Reasoning question.

***600. Politician: Hybrid cars use significantly less fuel per kilometer than nonhybrids. And fuel produces air pollution, which contributes to a number of environmental problems. Motorists can save money by driving cars that are more fuel efficient, and they will be encouraged to drive hybrid cars if we make them aware of that fact. Therefore, we can help reduce the total amount of pollution emitted by cars in this country by highlighting this advantage of hybrid cars.

Which of the following, if true, would most indicate a vulnerability of the politician's argument?***

While I was reading the question. I couldn’t help but notice the usage of the conjunctive adverb ‘therefore’ used after a full-stop and followed by a comma to connect two independent clauses.

I was curious if that is correct? As the Aristotle Prep - Sentance Correction book that I currently use, says that conjunctive adverbs must only be preceded by a semi-colon if connecting independant clauses

While i know this is a CR question can someone help me on the usage of conjunctive adverbs with a full-stop like in that question??

Appreciate any help!

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Hi

Good question.

When I did research more about your question, I came across a material that helped me clarify your doubt.

The summary is as follows:

Conjunctive adverbs are indeed used to separate two independent clauses.

The wrong usage of conjunctive adverbs (example): Erica felt as if she might faint from hunger, therefore, she decided to have lunch at 12pm.
In this example, two independent clauses are separated using a conjunctive adverb ''therefore'' along with a comma.


How to correct such an incorrect usage of conjunctive adverbs (example)
1) Using a semicolon (;) Erica felt as if she might faint from hunger; therefore, she decided to have lunch at 12pm.
2) Using a period (or a full stop) (.) Erica felt as if she might faint from hunger. Therefore, she decided to have lunch at 12pm.

Both 1 and 2 are considered correct.



If you would like to browse through the entire article that I used as reference, I have attached the URL along with this response.

https://www.iup.edu/writingcenter/writing-resources/grammar/common-problems-with-however,-therefore,-and-similar-words/

Hope that this helps. :)
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New post 06 Jun 2020, 20:49
Would appreciate if any GMAT Verbal Expert could clarify this doubt

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