I. TheorySubordinating 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.
|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.