# Subordinating Conjunctions connect two complete ideas by making one of the ideas subordinate or less important than the other.

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Subordinating Conjunctions connect two complete ideas by making one of the ideas subordinate or less important than the other

Clauses All clauses have a subject and a verb All clauses have a subject and a verb Subordinate clauses cannot stand aloneSubordinate clauses cannot stand alone Ex: before Nate left on his tripEx: before Nate left on his trip Independent clauses can stand alone as a complete sentence.Independent clauses can stand alone as a complete sentence. Ex: Nate left on his trip.Ex: Nate left on his trip. Subject Verb

Clauses All clauses have a subject and a verb All clauses have a subject and a verb Subordinate clauses cannot stand aloneSubordinate clauses cannot stand alone Ex: before Nate left on his tripEx: before Nate left on his trip Independent clauses can stand alone as a complete sentence.Independent clauses can stand alone as a complete sentence. Ex: Nate left on his trip.Ex: Nate left on his trip. Subordinating Conjunction

List of Subordinating Conjunctions After After Although Although As As As if As if As long as As long as As soon as As soon as As though As though Because Because Before Before Even if Even if Even though Even though If If In order that In order that Lest Lest Now that Now that Since Since So that So that Than Than Though Though Till Till

Examples After considering the consequences of murder, the burglar fled the bank without harming the teller. After considering the consequences of murder, the burglar fled the bank without harming the teller. The tree will fall over unless we replace the top soil. The tree will fall over unless we replace the top soil. Whenever Jessica flips her hair, all the boys in the class lose their focus. Whenever Jessica flips her hair, all the boys in the class lose their focus.

When the subordinating clause begins the sentence, the subordinating clause is separated from the independent clause with a comma. When the subordinating clause begins the sentence, the subordinating clause is separated from the independent clause with a comma. No comma is used when the subordinating clause follow the independent clause. No comma is used when the subordinating clause follow the independent clause. Punctuating with subordinate conjunctions

Practice Write one sentence beginning with a subordinating conjunction. Write one sentence beginning with a subordinating conjunction. Write another sentence with the subordinating conjunction in the middle of the sentence separating the two clauses. Write another sentence with the subordinating conjunction in the middle of the sentence separating the two clauses.

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