Subordinate Clauses Examples

Subordinate Clauses

A subordinate clause is a clause that cannot stand alone. It is not independent. Remember that an independent clause has a subject and a verb and expresses a complete thought-it can stand alone. A subordinate clause has a subject and a verb, but it cannot stand alone. It doesn't express a complete thought.

A subordinate clause is different from a phrase. A phrase is a group of related words, but it doesn't have both a subject and a verb. A subordinate clause has a subject and a verb. But it doesn't express a complete thought. Another word for subordinate is dependent. Sometimes you will hear these clauses called dependent clauses.

Examples of Subordinate Clauses:

1. Because I said so (I=subject; said=verb)

2. When I was five (I=subject; was=verb)

3. Since it will rain today (it=subject; will rain=verb)

4. Who is my best friend (not written as a question-who=subject; is=verb)

5. If you pass the test (you=subject; pass=verb)

Practice:

1. When I get to the beach. _____

2. The chair is too small for me. _____

3. Where the dog is sleeping. _____

Answer:

1. When I get to the beach. __S___

2. The chair is too small for me. _I____

3. Where the dog is sleeping. _S____

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