Intro to Subordinating Conjunctions

Conjunções subordinativas Subordinating conjunctions join an oração subordinante independent clause to a oração subordinada dependent clause
The conjunction is always found in the dependent part of the sentence, or dependent clause. This is the part that could not stand on its own as a complete sentence.
The independent clause is the part of the sentence that does not contain the conjunction and would still be a complete idea if the dependent part of the sentence were removed.
Subordinating conjunctions can be divided into the following main categories:

  • Temporal – Related to time
  • Causal – Related to reason or cause
  • Final – Related to purpose

You’ll see an overview of each of the three types as you work through the lessons in this unit.
Just like coordinating conjunctions, subordinating conjunctions are always invariable words, meaning that they don’t have gender or number agreement and thus always take the same form.


    • Let us know if you have any questions we can answer! This particular introduction is mainly just to tell you what’s coming next. You’ll get a more thorough explanation in the upcoming learning notes on temporal, causal, and final subordinating conjunctions. 🙂

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