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Monday 1st February

LF: To use subordinate clauses in my writing.

Subordinating Conjunctions


A conjunction is a word, or words, used to connect two clauses together. Words such as: 'although', 'because' or 'when'.


A subordinate clause is part of sentence that adds additional information to the main clause. A subordinating conjunction is simply the word that is used to join a subordinate clause to another clause or sentence. It then becomes part of the subordinate clause.


Miss Lorimer was happy because we tried our best.


We can also begin our sentence with a subordinate clause (we must include a comma after the clause):


Because we tried our best , Miss Lorimer was happy. 


Can you identify the main and subordinate clause in these two sentences?


We still went outside even though it was raining.


Even though it was raining , we still went outside. 


Task: Unscramble and rewrite as many sentences as you can: choose a main clause, a subordinating conjunction and a subordinate clause to create your sentence. As a challenge, try choosing your own subordinating conjunctions and create your own sentences. You will find the answers included on page 2 of the main activity.

Main and Subordinate Clause Song