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Subordinating Conjunctions - Part 1


I. Theory

Subordinating conjunctions differ from coordinating conjunctions in that they connect a main clause to a subordinate clause. A clause is similar to a sentence in that it contains a subject and predicate, although it may not stand independently. Subordinate clauses do not function independently.

English Example:

Since it was nice out, we decided to go for a walk around the neighborhood.
Since it was nice out, (subordinate)
We decided to go for a walk around the neighborhood. (main clause)

This added clause provides additional information about the main clause. In English, some conjunctions that are used in subordinate clauses are: however, although, despite, because, since, and due to. In German, subordinate clauses either begin or end with a comma, connecting them to their main sentence.

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