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Subordinating Conjunctions

Subordinate Conjunctions

Subordinating Conjunctions

Subordinating Conjunctions                       

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Common Core Language Standard 1

Using this type of conjunction will improve the maturity and complexity of your writing more than any other grammatical form. The subordinating conjunction is used to begin a special kind of dependent clause known as an adverbial clause and helps form complex or compound-complex sentences. This conjunction signals a thought that limits, provides a condition, or adds information to the main clause of the sentence. It depends upon the rest of the sentence.

Now let’s read the grammar and usage lesson and study the examples.

A subordinating conjunction always introduces an adverbial clause. The subordinating conjunction signals the relationship between the adverbial clause and the independent clause. Use a comma to set off an introductory adverbial clause, but not an adverbial clause that ends a sentence. Use this memory trick to remember the subordinating conjunctions:

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Subordinating Conjunctions

Subordinate Conjunctions

before, unless, despite (in spite of), in order that, so, while, if, since, even though (if), because, until, that, how, once, than, after, although (though), as (as if, as long as, as though), whether, when (whenever), where (wherever)

Examples: Unless I’m wrong, the show is on tonight. The show is on tonight unless I’m wrong.

Now circle or highlight what is right and revise what is wrong according to grammar and usage lesson.

Practice: If things don’t improve, it’s going to be a long time, before you get off restriction.

Let’s check the Practice Answers.

Grammar and Usage Practice Answers: If things don’t improve, it’s going to be a long time before you get off restriction.

Now let’s apply what we have learned. 

Writing Application: Write your own sentence using a subordinating conjunction to introduce an adverbial clause.


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