Definition of subordinating conjunction in English:

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subordinating conjunction

Pronunciation: /səˌbôrdnˌādiNG kənˈjəNGkSH(ə)n/


A conjunction that introduces a subordinate clause, e.g., although, because. Contrasted with coordinating conjunction.
Example sentences
  • Questions beginning with a subordinating conjunction or a relative pronoun are complete sentences.
  • The independent clause must be connected to the dependent clause in a subordinating conjunction.
  • You could also think of the subordinating conjunction as a prepositional phrase, and you always need a comma after a prepositional phrase that starts a sentence.

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Syllabification: sub·or·di·nat·ing con·junc·tion

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