or subordinate conjunction
a conjunction introducing a subordinate clause, as when in They were glad when I finished.
How To Use A ConjunctionWhat is a conjunction? Get the answers to all your conjunction questions. When do you use a subordinating conjunction? What is a coordinating conjunction?
What’s The Difference Between Independent And Dependent ClausesYou might have seen these terms floating around. Clauses are the building blocks of sentences. They’re groups of related words (phrases) that contain both a subject and a verb. When a clause can stand alone as a complete sentence with a clear meaning, it’s considered independent. If it only makes sense when you join it with another clause, it’s dependent (or subordinate). For example, “in …
- subordinate clause,
- subordinated debt,
- subornation of perjury,
Compare coordinating conjunction.
Origin of subordinating conjunction
Also called sub·or·di·na·tor.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012