subordinating conjunction

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Synonyms for subordinating conjunction

the subordination that occurs when a conjunction makes one linguistic unit a constituent of another

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a conjunction (like 'since' or 'that' or 'who') that introduces a dependent clause

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Surely, the bigger question is this: what benefit is it for an 11-year-old to know what a subordinating conjunction or preposition is?
When a sentence contains a subject, a verb, and a subordinating conjunction such as the word although--that is, when it is a subordinate clause--it is structurally incomplete unless it is joined to a main or independent clause.
Because it contains a subordinating conjunction or "coat hanger," it must be attached to a main or independent clause, or it will fall.
But Ms Kearney revealed: "It is being used as a subordinating conjunction.
After you locate two clauses or subject-verb pairs in a sentence, look for a subordinating conjunction (or "coat hanger") at the beginning of the sentence or between the two clauses.
In this sentence, however is used as a conjunctive adverb, rather than as a subordinating conjunction, and adverbs cannot connect two clauses.
In Pipil, a language that has borrowed a number of subordinating conjunctions as well as coordinating conjunctions (see above), the relational noun pal has developed into a subordinating conjunction meaning 'in order to' (see section 4.
subordinating conjunction + subject + verb = sentence fragment Although + the pork + was (a bit tough) = sentence fragment
Note that the word however can occasionally be used as a subordinating conjunction rather than as a conjunctive adverb, as in the following sentence: However you look at it, English is a difficult language.
Back in the day, we weren't taught grammar proper like, so all this talk of subordinating conjunctions and prepositions makes about as much sense as if we delivered a lecture about the space-time continuum in Swahili.
In terms of syntax, there are three categories including (1) coordinating conjunctions, (2) subordinating conjunctions, and (3) discourse adverbials (Forbes-Riley et al.
They learn how to use coordinating and subordinating conjunctions to link sentences and to create counter arguments.
Examining coordinate structures with subordinate properties, subordinate structures with coordinate properties, subordinate structures with independent clause properties, and subordination markers with properties of both nouns and subordinating conjunctions, she argues that the associations of syntactic representations with semantic representations in mismatch cases are arbitrary and that they participate in their own semantic and syntax systems, thus providing evidence for the autonomy of different levels of grammar.
Thus, the AAE speakers used subordinating conjunctions with greater frequency, whereas the SAE speakers used a greater percentage of coordinating conjunctions.
Alter is especially good at conveying the feel of a language that routinely juxtaposes phrases or sentences without the use of subordinating conjunctions (the practice is called "parataxis").