Clause: Subordinate and Insubordinate

A subordinate clause (or dependent clause) is a clause that cannot stand alone as a complete sentence because it does not express a complete thought.

A subordinate clause is a group of words, which include a finite or non-finite verb.  The subordinate clause cannot stand independently as it is not complete as a statement, and thus remains a dependent clause. it has to join the main or independent clause to complete a sentence.

A group of words that has both a subject and a verb but (unlike an independent clause) cannot stand alone as a sentence because something about it implies that there is more to come. On its own, a subordinate clause is left hanging, its meaning incomplete. It must be combined with an independent clause in order to form a complete sentence. It is also known as a dependent clause.

Each of the following shows a subordinate clause (in bold) that is a part of another clause, which is the main clause. Both clauses together form a complete sentence.
  • Everyone says that you are his girl friend.
  • When it started raining, all of us sat beneath the mango tree.
  • I love noodles but it has to be cooked dry

Types of Subordinate Clause

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