If we hadn’t invented subordinate conjunctions, we wouldn’t have conditional language. Just as, if we never found fire, we wouldn’t know the sweet taste of BBQ(barbecue). Or even worse, we would eat raw meat.
It’s no puzzle, the * holds the place of an omitted “if.” And, “if” is the hinge of today’s lesson.
It’s a word that means: in case that; granting or supposing that; on condition that.
The Subordinate Conjunction “if”, like all other conjunctions, links two clauses together. One of the clauses is a complete idea whereas the other is incomplete.
For example in the sentence: “If mankind never found fire, we would eat raw food.”
All things considered, Subordinate Conjunctions link two unequal but grammatically correct elements. This happens when a main (Independent Clause) is combined with a subordinate (Dependent Clause). This combination creates a complex sentence.
For example, Henry Olusegun Adeola Samuel, the singer of the band Seal, wrote:
“We’re never going to survive unless we get a little crazy”
In the lyrics, he uses the conjunction “unless” to link the main clause “we’re never gonna survive” with “we get a little crazy.” There are numerous words that can be used as Subordinate Conjunctions, for instance, “while, ” meaning at the same time, is often used to link unrelated ideas. George Harrison, the guitarist of the Beatles, wrote:
“I look at the world, and I notice it’s turning while my guitar gently weeps”
Effectively using the conjunction “while” and the imagery of a weeping guitar.