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Completing the Sentence with Subordinating Conjunction

A conjunction is a word that joins two parts of a sentence. There are two kinds of conjunctions - coordinating conjunctions and subordinating conjunctions.

Subordinating Conjunctions
Subordinating conjunctions establish relationships between two ideas and always come at the beginning of a subordinate or dependent clause.

In the sentences given below, until, after, so, because, wherever are subordinating conjunctions.

  1. Every year I try to stay up ___until___ midnight on New Year's Eve.
  2. My mom went to the bank ___after___ the mail came.
  3. He cleared the snow from the driveway ___so___ we could drive out.
  4. We left a large tip __because___ the service was so great.
  5. Trouble follows her ___wherever___ she goes.

These are some common subordinating conjunctions:
  • After
  • Although
  • As
  • Because
  • Before
  • Even though
  • If
  • Now that
  • Once
  • Rather than
  • Since
  • So that
  • Than
  • That
  • Unless
  • Until
  • When
  • Whenever
  • While

Combining Sentences Using Subordinating Conjunctions:

Subordinating conjunctions can be used to combine two ideas. Take a look at the sentences given below and consider how we can combine the independent and dependent clauses into one sentence.

  (A) The game will begin.
    Both teams are on the field.
  The game will begin after both teams are on the field.
  (B) He got good grades.
    He never studied.
  He got good grades even though he never studied.
  (C) She did well on the test.
    She could have done better.
  She did well on the test although she could have done better.
  (D) Nicole walked the dog.
    She went to work.
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