Starting Dependent Clauses
The third and final type of conjunction introduces subordinate clauses. We have a rather long list of these words, called subordinating conjunctions. Notice our friend, the word that. As a subordinating conjunction, it introduces a noun clause, as in He said that he would come. Here it acts as a subordinating conjunction, not as a relative pronoun and not as a demonstrative pronoun.
|Subordinating Conjunctions||Subordinating Conjunctions||Subordinating Conjunctions|
|as||in order that||what|
|as far as||provided that||whatever|
|as long as||so (that)||whenever|
Each of these words introduces a subordinate clause, which can act as a subject, object, adjective, or adverb. Take a look:
|That he won the award||subject||That he won the award surprised us.|
|that she would win||direct object||She said that she would win.|
|where she lives||adjective||Let’s meet on the street where she lives.|
|whenever the bell rings||adverb||The rat reacts whenever the bell rings.|
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