Subordinating Conjunctions for intermediate learners

Subordinating conjunctions joins subordinate or dependent clauses to the main or independent clauses. To know all about these tricky grammatical words, click!

Subordinating Conjunctions in English Grammar

What Are Subordinating Conjunctions?

A subordinating conjunction joins an independent (main) clause to a dependent (subordinate) clause.

Why Do We Use Subordinating Conjunctions?

Subordinating conjunctions are used to indicate:

  1. Condition
  2. Time
  3. Place

Conditional Conjunctions

Conditional conjunctions are used to link two sentences in a cause-and-effect relationship, where one event or condition must happen before the other can occur.
Here are some of the most common conditional conjunctions of English:

Here are a few examples:

If you go out with your friends, you will be happy again.

They are not getting married unless she finds a job.

Time Conjunctions

Time conjunctions are words or phrases used to indicate the relationship between two events or actions in time. Here are some of the major time conjunctions:

Here are a few examples:

I will call you when I get there.

After changing my clothes, I went to the party.

Conjunction of Place

Conjunctions of place are used to describe the relationship between places or locations. This is the main conjunction of place in English:

Check out the examples:

I like where I was born.

Where he goes, there is always a problem.


Subordinating conjunctions are used to link an independent clause to a dependent clause. they are categorized into three groups.

  • Time conjunctions
  • Place conjunctions
  • Conditional conjunctions


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