Subordinate Conjunctions | Definition & 10 Useful Examples and list:


Subordinate Conjunctions indicate a relationship between two clauses that are dependent on each other to make sense.

Subordinate conjunction is a type of conjunction that connects two independent clauses together.

That conjunction connects two clauses that have a relationship similar to that of independent clauses and main clauses, but that conjunction cannot stand alone as the sole sentence because without an independent clause it has no meaning.

subordinate conjunctions

 Subordinate conjunctions include words;

  • After
  • Although
  • As
  • Because
  • Before
  • If
  • Since
  • Than
  • Though
  • Unless
  • Until
  • Among
  • others

Subordinate Conjunctions with examples

They are typically smaller than regular conjunctions, such as and or because, and they typically have more specific functions within sentences than the larger conjunctions.

subordinate conjunction is used to connect two clauses that are related to each other and form a single sentence in which one clause (the subordinate clause) cannot stand alone as a sentence because it does not express an independent thought.

8 Parts of speech in English

The subordinate conjunction “because” can be used in the following way:

 For example,

  • I went to the milk shop because I needed curd.

 In this example, the first clause I went to the milk shop expresses an independent thought because it expresses a complete thought and would be able to stand alone as its own sentence.

But subordinate conjunction cannot stand alone as the sole sentence. Read more

Example Sentences of Subordinate Conjunctions:

  1. I met them when they are in New Jersey.
  2. Sam is a very handsome boy and he is very brilliant.
  3. I am staying in because it’s raining.
  4. Did he say something before he left?
  5. The snow has been continuous since this evening.
  6. My car won’t move because the tire is flat.
  7. He slept quickly at night because he had body pain.
  8. I do it for money and to pass my time.
  9. She likes watching football but she hates playing it.
  10. After the power cut, she shouted a lot.

So these are the example sentences, all the bold letters are under the definition of subordinate conjunction.

Subordinate conjunctions list

  • As soon as
  • Once
  • Because
  • While
  • Even if
  • Although
  • When
  • Whenever
  • Unless
  • As
  • By the time
  • As long as
  • Before
  • Since
  • Than
  • In order that
  • So that
  • Why
  • Even though
  • If
  • Now that
  • In case
  • Until
  • After
  • Whether or not