A subordinating conjunction is a word that connects two clauses, with the subordinate clause coming first. In other words, the subordinate conjunction "subordinates" is the clause that it introduces.
Some common subordinating conjunctions in English include: after, although, as, as if, as long as, as soon as, as though, because, before, if, in order that, once, since, so that, though, until, when, and while.
Remember that a subordinate clause cannot stand alone as a sentence; it must be attached to an independent clause. For example, the subordinate clause "although she was very tired" cannot stand alone-it must be attached to an independent clause, such as "She went for a walk."
Points to remember:
In addition, the subordinate conjunction will always come before any other words in the subordinate clause (with the exception of a pronoun, such as "I," "me," "we," "us," etc.).
For example, the subordinate conjunction "because she was very tired" comes before the pronoun "she."
Here are some examples of subordinate clauses introduced by subordinating conjunctions:
A subordinating conjunction is a word that connects two clauses, with the subordinate clause coming first.