What are the subordinating conjunctions

Many students are confused by this important lesson. So, subordinating conjunctions has two jobs. First, it provides a necessary transition between the two ideas in the sentence. This transition will indicate a timeplace, or cause and effect relationship. Here are some examples:

Subordinating Conjunctions

1.Although—means "in spite of the fact that":
  • Although it was raining, I ran home.
  • She showed up, although she felt sick.
  • Although my mom told me to come home early, I stayed out late.
2.After—indicates "subsequently to the time when":
  • Please text me after you arrive at the shopping mall.
  • We were forced to stop watching TV after the electricity went out.
  • I always tell my daughter that she can have dessert after she eats her dinner.
3.Before—indicates "earlier than the time that":
  • He had written a living will before he died.
  • Before he contacted me, I was going to call him.
  • I need to finish the dishes before my wife gets home.
4.Because—means "for the reason that":
  • Because he was smart and worked hard, he was able to make a lot of money.
  • They stopped building the house because it was pouring.
  • I love dogs because they are so cute.
5.How—means "the way in which":
  • I wonder how you did it.
  • He explained how he completed it in a few days.
  • Can you show me how you fixed the computer?
6.If—means "in the event that":
  • If it is sunny tomorrow, we can go to the beach.
  • If I receive a promotion, you will be the first to know.
  • You can watch TV if you finish your homework.
7.Once—indicates "at the moment when":
  • Once you see him, you will recognize him.
  • Once the light came on, we all shouted with joy.
  • Call me once you start having contractions.
8.Since—means "from the time when":
  • I’ve been a singer since I was young.
  • Since he graduated, he has been doing nothing.
  • This building has been remodeled three times since I lived here.
9.So that—means "in order to":
  • So that she could keep her position, she didn’t complain at all.
  • He finished his work as fast as possible so that he could leave early.
  • He worked harder for a raise so he could buy a nice car.
10.Until—means "up to the time that":
  • Don’t go anywhere until I come back.
  • She didn’t realize her talent in painting until her teacher mentioned it.
  • They won’t allow us to sit until everyone arrives.
11.Unless—means "except, on the condition":
  • You will not pass the exam unless you get a score of 80 or higher.
  • I will not tell you anything unless you tell me what you know first.
  • Unless you ask her, you will never know.
12.When—means "at that time":
  • When I came in the room, everyone looked at me.
  • I woke up when my baby was crying.
  • I started looking for a gas station when my gas light went on.
13.While—means "during the time":
  • Someone called you while you were at the meeting.
  • We met while we were working at the University.
  • My dog started barking while I was talking on the phone.
14.Where—indicates "in the place":
  • This is where I came from.
  • Please tell me where you are going.
  • I need to know where John hid the present.
15.Whether—means "if it is true or not":
  • We will have a picnic whether it rains or not.
  • It is time to decide whether we should take action.
  • You need to decide whether or not you are hungry.

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