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.