Subordinate Conjunction: Using because with easy examples

Use of Subordinate Conjunction Because and its meaning

Davie drives a motorcycle because he likes to feel the wind in his hair.

There’s a lot that could be said about Davie. Davie drives a motorcycle because he likes to feel the wind in his hair. He likes to feel reckless and free. Davie drives, but he’s going nowhere. 

The Subordinate Conjunction “because” demonstrates a cause-and-effect relationship between a dependent or subordinate clause. And, the word “because” acts as the sentence’s why. 

There’s a sentence with a Subordinate Conjunction in the first paragraph, it’s: 

“Davie drives a motorcycle because he likes to feel the wind in his hair.”

The independent clause is: 

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Subordinate Conjunction : Using If with an interesting example

Use of Subordinate Conjunction If and its meaning

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.”

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Know Subordinate Conjunction Since with an example

“Since” is a conjunction that means: from a time in the past until the time under consideration, typically the present

According to the Oxford dictionary,

when “since” is used as a conjunction, it joins the main clause (independent)  with a subordinate (dependent) clause. For example:

“Beth has been given awards twice since she joined the team.” 

In the above sentence, “Beth has been given awards twice” is the independent clause. It can exist on its own. And, “since she joined the team” is the dependent clause. 

Another example might be: 

“I’ll go and see a film since there’s nothing else to do.” 

For me, and perhaps you too, going to the movies is reserved for rainy days. 

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Learn Subordinate Conjunctions with meaning and examples

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. 

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