Subordinating conjunctions are used to give extra information. They start a dependent clause or a clause which is incomplete. For example, the following sentence is incomplete.
- *When I’m older.
Remember when using subordinating conjunctions, you need to have an independent clause attached to your dependent clause. The following is a complete sentence:
- When I’m older I want to move to Spain.
Here is a list of common subordinating conjunctions (the dependent clauses are underlined):
|After||After watching the movie, I felt sad.|
|Although||Although I want to go to work, I’m not feeling well.|
|As long as||As long as you’re happy, I’m happy.|
|Because||Because you’ve procrastinated, you haven’t completed the assignment.|
|Before||Before I go, I want to say that I’ll miss you.|
|Even though||Even though we broke up, I still love him|
|If||If you come to the mall, we can go get ice cream after.|
|Provided||Provided that I receive a reasonable quote, we will move forward with the deal.|
|Since||I have been crying since she left town.|
|Though||Though I should be on a diet, I can’t resist cake.|
|Unless||I’m going to leave unless someone tells me not to.|
|Until||I can’t help you until I finish my project.|
|When||When you find him, tell him to call me.|
|Whenever||Whenever you get a reply, let me know.|
|Where||No one knows where he goes.|
|While||While you were working, I baked a cake.|