Subordinate Clause and
Subordinate Conjunctions connect two
sentences that are related.
Remember both word groups must have a
Subject and a Verb.
(When we arrived at class),
it was right on time.
For example, let’s take two sentences having a
Subject and a Verb:
I arrived at class. The fire alarm rang.
You can connect these two sentences to show
that there is a relationship between them:
When I arrived at class, the fire alarm rang.
The Subordinate Conjunction (When) connects the
Subordinate Clause “I arrived at class” to the
Main Clause “The fire alarm rang.
Common Subordinating Conjunctions
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after as before
as if as long as as though
because since so that
even if if if only
in order that now that once
although even though though
till unless until
when whenever where
whereas wherever while
Here are the two rules you need to know about using
commas with Subordinate Clauses:
Use commas after subordinate clauses that
Example: When I arrived at class, the fire alarm
Example: I like apples because they are 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.
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.
2. He left after the game was over.
3. If you work hard you will likely succeed.
4. They interviewed the witnesses although
they were hard to find.
5. Carlos liked the game because both teams