subordinate conjunction


Also found in: Thesaurus, Wikipedia.

subordinate conjunction

n.
A conjunction, such as after, because, if, or where, that introduces a dependent clause.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.subordinate 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
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
References in periodicals archive ?
They are dominated by a mother node S that is constructed by the subordinate conjunction, which indicates that the structure currently processed consists of two clauses: an adverbial clause and a main clause.
1) Add the gray subordinate conjunction block, and ask your students to use it to write such explanations or arguments as
We quickly fashion a subordinate conjunction for hooking the new idea to the old one.
Subordinate conjunctions like because introduce dependent clauses that stay dependent.