Adverb Clauses Examples

Adverb Clauses

Remember that a subordinate clause has a subject and a verb, but it does not express a complete thought. Subordinate clauses can function in sentences as adjectives, adverbs, or nouns. Another word for subordinate is dependent.

There are three types of subordinate, or independent, clauses: adjective, adverb, and noun. The adverb clause functions as an adverb in the sentence. Remember that an adverb modifies, or gives more information about, the verb, and adjective, or another adverb. It tells when, where, why, how, to what extent, or under what condition. So, an adverb clause would do the same thing in the sentence.

Adverb clauses begin with subordinate conjunctions. There are many of them, and they are usually adverbs. Here are a few of the more common ones:

before, because, since, when, if, after, although, until, where, why, while, that, unless, even if, as

Examples of Adverb Clauses:

1. Before you go to bed, brush your teeth. (tells when to brush your teeth)

2. We can stay up until the sun goes down. (tells to what extent or under what conditions they can stay up)

3. You cannot go because I said so. (tells why they cannot go)

4. Please sit where I tell you to. (tells where to sit)

Practice:

1. Since it will rain today, we are going to have the party inside.

2. I am crying because my cat is sick.

3. Put your papers in the box as you go out the door.

Answer:

1. Since it will rain today, we are going to have the party inside.

2. I am crying because my cat is sick.

3. Put your papers in the box as you go out the door.

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