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subordinating conjunction

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noun Grammar.

a conjunction introducing a subordinate clause, as when in They were glad when I finished.

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“Was” is used for the indicative past tense of “to be,” and “were” is only used for the subjunctive past tense.

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Also called sub·or·di·na·tor.

Origin of subordinating conjunction

First recorded in 1870–75; subordinate + -ing2
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subordinating conjunction

noun

a conjunction that introduces subordinate clauses, such as if, because, although, and untilCompare coordinating conjunction
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