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.
- 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
The subordinate clause comes in different forms as follow:
- Adverbial Clause
- Noun Clause
- Relative Clause
- Non-finite Clause
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