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subordinating conjunction

Subordinating conjunctions are used to create complex sentences containing one independent clause, or main clause, and one dependent, or subordinate, clause. The subordinating conjunction does two things: it introduces and subordinates the dependent clause (telling the reader that it’s less important than the independent clause), and it explains what relationship it has to the independent clause.
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subordinating conjunction

n
(Grammar) a conjunction that introduces subordinate clauses, such as if, because, although, and until. Compare coordinating conjunction

subor′dinating conjunc′tion


n.
a conjunction introducing a subordinate clause, as when in They were glad when I finished. Also called sub•or′di•na`tor. Compare coordinating conjunction.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.subordinating conjunction - the subordination that occurs when a conjunction makes one linguistic unit a constituent of another
conjunction - the grammatical relation between linguistic units (words or phrases or clauses) that are connected by a conjunction
2.subordinating conjunction - a conjunction (like `since' or `that' or `who') that introduces a dependent clause
conjunctive, connective, continuative, conjunction - an uninflected function word that serves to conjoin words or phrases or clauses or sentences
Translations
conjonction de subordination
alárendelő kötőszó

subordinating conjunction

n (Gram) → unterordnende Konjunktion
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1 Common Subordinating Conjunctions after although as as if because before even though if in order that once since so that though unless until when whenever where wherever whether while Copyright [c] 2015 Cengage Learning[c].
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See the list of subordinating conjunctions in Figure 22.
Note that subordinating conjunctions are quite different from coordinating conjunctions such as for, and, nor, but, or, yet, and so.