A conjunction that introduces a subordinate clause, e.g., although, because. Contrasted with coordinating conjunction.
- 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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