When two or more clauses are joined by a conjunction other than and, but, or, or yet, one of the clauses is the main clause; the other clauses are subordinate clauses. The different types of subordinate clause include noun clauses,
Subordination - Easy Learning Grammar
- What matters most is that you treat everyone fairly.
- They went outside as soon as the rain stopped.
- This is the problem that we’re facing at the moment.
- We stayed in Inverness, which is in the Scottish Highlands.
- Maureen plans to live in Australia if she can get a job there.
- She told me that Philip was in France.
- After she had read the diary, she returned it to the drawer.
- As they were going downstairs, the phone rang.
- They aren’t coming because they’ve had an argument.
- the WH- words
- words like since, if, when, because
- the word that, either on its own or used with another word e.g. so that or supposing that
- a phrase ending in as, e.g. as soon as, as long as
- Each of the subordinating clauses has a preferred position. For example, most adverbial clauses usually follow the main clause, although they can also come before the main clause.
- Shall I do the shopping when I finish work?
- When I finish work, I could do the shopping for you.
Noun clausesThese are clauses that can be used as either the subject or the object of a sentence or in other places where a noun phrase is usually found. They are introduced by that
- What I like about him is that he always tries his best.
- I don’t know where you live.
- How the thief got in is a mystery.
- Why she acts like this is beyond me.
The subordinating conjunction that can often be omitted.
- I think that he’ll succeed.
- I think he’ll succeed.