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Subordinate Clauses

A subordinate clause is a clause on the bottom level.

Top Level
(co-level)

main clause / independent clause

Bottom Level
(sub-level)

subordinate clause / dependent clause

 

A subordinate clause consists of two parts. Study the following examples:

Subordinate Clauses

Subordinating Conjunction

Clause

although

I was tired

because

he was wrong

even though

Henry studied hard

if

Mandy goes to the Prom with Toby

lest

we forget

once

the water boils

when

I came home

 

Instructions for the Quiz

The quiz asks you to differentiate between subordinate clauses and prepositional phrases.

Study the following examples:

 

1.

I didn't say anything because I was shy.

         prepositional phrase
      subordinate clause

 

 
 
  • because is a subordinating conjunction
  • I was shy is a clause

Therefore, the answer is
B) subordinate clause

 
     
     
 

2.

Today I will stay in the house.

         prepositional phrase
      subordinate clause

 

 

 
  • in is a preposition
  • the house is a noun

Therefore, the answer is
A) prepositional phrase