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Definitions for subordinating conjunction
sub·or·di·nat·ing con·junc·tion

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  1. subordinating conjunctionnoun

    the subordination that occurs when a conjunction makes one linguistic unit a constituent of another

  2. subordinating conjunction, subordinate conjunctionnoun

    a conjunction (like `since' or `that' or `who') that introduces a dependent clause


  1. subordinating conjunctionnoun

    A word that appears at the beginning of a subordinate clause and establishes its nature.


  1. subordinating conjunction

    In grammar, a conjunction (abbreviated CONJ or CNJ) is a part of speech that connects words, phrases, or clauses that are called the conjuncts of the conjunctions. That definition may overlap with that of other parts of speech, and so what constitutes a "conjunction" must be defined for each language. In English, a given word may have several senses, and be either a preposition or a conjunction depending on the syntax of the sentence. For example, after is a preposition in "he left after the fight" but is a conjunction in "he left after they fought". In general, a conjunction is an invariable (non-inflected) grammatical particle that may or may not stand between the items conjoined. The definition of conjunction may also be extended to idiomatic phrases that behave as a unit with the same function, e.g. "as well as", "provided that". A simple literary example of a conjunction is "the truth of nature, and the power of giving interest" (Samuel Taylor Coleridge's Biographia Literaria).A conjunction may be placed at the beginning of a sentence to c: "But some superstition about the practice persists."


  1. subordinating conjunction

    A subordinating conjunction is a type of conjunction that introduces a subordinate clause, i.e., a clause that provides additional information in a sentence but cannot stand alone as a complete sentence. Examples of subordinating conjunctions include words or phrases like "because," "although," "unless," "while," "since," "as soon as," etc. These conjunctions establish relationships of time, cause, condition, comparison, concession, and purpose between the main clause and the subordinate clause in a sentence.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of subordinating conjunction in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of subordinating conjunction in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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