What is subordinating conjunction

In English language, there are two types of conjunctions — Coordinating, and Subordinating conjunctions. Subordinating conjunctions are used to join depending clauses to the main clause. So, let’s learn what is subordinating conjunction and its major types.

Rules of use for subordinating conjunctions

  1. Subordinating conjunctions are also known as adverbial conjunctions.
  2. Join to depending clauses
  3. Cannot stand on theirs own to construct complete meaning.
  4. Comma is used to separate clause introduced by subordinator
  5. used to construct complex and mixed sentences.
  6. They can be placed at the beginning or in the middle.
  7. ¬†Subordinating conjunctions are important to add an ‘aspect’ to the statement.

By using subordinating conjunctions to add extra information, we enrich the content of sentences.

Subordinating clauses

Conjunctions are the major determinant of clauses. If we begin a sentence with subordinate conjunction, then it becomes subordinating clause. So, the classification of conjunctions are also useful to clauses.

Types of subordinating clauses

However, not all subordinating clause are adverbials. Apart from adverbial clauses, subordinating clauses include, “Relative clauses, as well as “Nominal that clauses.”

In this way, subordinating clauses incorporate adverbial, relative, and nominal that clauses.

Types of subordinating conjunctions

As I stated earlier that there are eight major types of subordinating conjunctions except relative and nominal that used in the english grammar.

Let’s see major types of subordinating conjunctions..

1.Time conjunction

  • After, Before, Since, While
  • Until,¬† As, Till
  • As long as, So long as.

2.Conjunctions of purpose

  • In order that
  • So that, Least, That

3.Conjunctions of cause

  • As, Since
  • Because

4.Conjunctions of condition

  • On condition, Unless, Supposing
  • Whether, As, If
  • Provided that

5.Conjunctions of results

  • So.. That

6.Conjunctions of comparison

  • As… as, No less than, As much as

7.Conjunctions of contrast

  • Although, Though
  • Notwithstanding, Even if
  • Even though, Whatever, Whichever

8.Conjunctions of manner

  • As, So far as
  • According as, As if

These are major eight types of subordinating adverbial conjunctions with sub-forms. Hopefully, now, you can understand “what is subordinating conjunction”

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Conjunctions for alternative choices

Conjunction of time and condition

As soon as conjunction of time