What Are Subordinating Conjunctions?
Subordinating Conjunctions: Functions
Subordinating conjunctions provide a link between two ideas in the same sentence. This link always expresses a place, time, or cause-and-effect relationship between the two clauses. Take a look at some examples:
He'll call you
The subordinating conjunctions are used to express:
- Cause and effect
- Concession and Contrast
Cause and Effect
'Cause and effect conjunctions' are used to express why an event happens or what is the result of an event. Every conjunction that can serve this function belongs to this group. The most common cause-and-effect conjunctions are:
Now take a look at some examples:
The cancellation of the event was
The subordinating conjunctions used to indicate a transition in time are called 'time conjunctions.' Here are the most common ones:
Concession and Contrasting
'Concession and contrast conjunctions' indicate that something has happened despite an obstacle or challenge. Conjunctions that convey a similar meaning are often considered concession conjunctions. The most common contrasting subordinating conjunctions are:
I will go abroad
'Subordinating conjunctions of place' describe the relationship between places or locations. Every conjunction that can reflect a similar meaning is considered a conjunction of place. Here are the most common ones:
Here are some examples:
I will take you
I went to Chicago
'Conditional conjunctions' are used to express a condition that must be met in order for something else to occur. Words or phrases that are used to convey a similar meaning are also considered conditional conjunctions. For example:
Take a look at some examples:
Subordinate conjunctions are words that are used to indicate subordinate clauses and they are put at the first of them. Subordinate conjunctions also are used to connect the independent clause to the dependant clause. So that they can complete the meaning of the whole sentence.
The most commonly used subordinate conjunctions in English are:
|1. Because/Since/As||5. As long as|
|2. Before/After||6. Unless|
|3. Once/When/While||7. Where|
|4. Although/Though/Even though||8. If/Even if|
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