Subordinating Conjunction

Subordinating conjunctions is a conjunction that we use to join two unequal parts: dependent (subordinate) clauses to independent (main) clauses.

Examples: after, although, as, how, once, since, than, though, till, until, where, whether, andwhile.

In the following examples, each of the words in bold is a subordinating conjunction:

  • We went to the beach although it was not funny.
  • I'm not sure if you're allowed to smoke in here.

Remember that a subordinating conjunction should always come before a subordinating clause. In the following examples, subordinating clauses are in bold:

  • I never fell in love untill I met her.
  • Once we finished eating the dinner, we went to the cinema.

The main clause can come before or after the subordinating clause. Therefore, it is possible to use two structures:

  • Although I never really liked him, I'm sorry for what happened.
  • I'm sorry for what happened although I never really liked him.