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Subordinate Clause and Subordinate Conjunctions. Adverb Subordinate Conjunctions. Subordinate Conjunctions connect two sentences that are related. Remember both word groups must have a Subject and a Verb. Subordinate Conjunction ( When we arrived at class ) , it was right on time. .

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adverb subordinate conjunctions
Adverb Subordinate Conjunctions
  • Subordinate Conjunctions connect two sentences that are related.
  • Remember both word groups must have a Subject and a Verb.

Subordinate Conjunction

(Whenwearrived at class),

itwas right on time.

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Subordinate Conjunctions
  • For example, let’s take two sentences having a Subject and a Verb:

Iarrived at class. The fire alarmrang.

  • You can connect these two sentences to show that there is a relationship between them:

WhenIarrived at class, the fire alarmrang.

  • The Subordinate Conjunction (When) connects the Subordinate Clause “Iarrived at class” to the Main Clause “The fire alarmrang.
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Subordinate Conjunctions

Common Subordinating Conjunctions

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Subordinate Conjunctions

Here are the two rules you need to know about using commas with Subordinate Clauses:

  • Use commas after subordinate clauses that introduce sentences.

Example: WhenIarrived at class, the fire alarmrang.

Example: Ilike apples becausetheyare sweet.

Notice that you do have a comma when the Subordinate Clause starts the sentence but do not have a comma when the Subordinate Clause does not start the sentence.

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Dropbox Assignment: In the following sentences, underline the Subject once and put the Verbs in Bold. Put the Subordinate Conjunction in Blue Type, and put (parentheses around the Subordinate Clause). Add any commas that are needed

1. When he told the story everyone listened.

  • He left after the game was over.
  • If you work hard you will likely succeed.
  • They interviewed the witnesses although they were hard to find.
  • Carlos liked the game because both teams played well.
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