The role/function of "however" in this sentence


Please consider the following sentence:


"After she and I had discussed the offers with several people, however, we both decided to decline."



I (now) have a better understanding of usage of "however" as a conjunctive adverb:  the conjunctive adverb "describe the relation of the ideas in two clauses".  Furthermore, this "describing the relation" is punctuated with a semi-colon (and not separated from the main clause by commas).  


Moreover, I identify both a subordinate clause  ("After she and I had discussed the offers with several people") and  a main clause ("we both decided to decline"); thus, it cannot be the case that the function of  "however" in the above sentence is that of a conjunctive adverb.


What is it?  An interrupting phrase, perhaps?  





edited Mar 06 '12 at 14:24 Andrey Rukhin New member

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The function of "however" in your sentence is definitely an interrupter.  I think that, within the context of a paragraph, it would be perfectly acceptable to use "however."  It will act as a stylistic connection to the previous sentence (which is probably something about the concept that the offers were positive).  It acts as an interrupter, but also as a transition, connecting the previous sentence to the contrary statement in this sentence. Perfectly acceptable in my mind, as long as the previous sentence establishes context.

link comment answered Mar 06 '12 at 20:38 Erik Czerwin Contributor

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