Subordinating Conjunctions

Subordinating conjunctions are words or group of words that make one part of the sentence dependent on the rest of the sentence.

Take a look at what I mean. This sentence says:

The organization will exist as long as there is ample funding.”

As long as” is the subordinating conjunction in this sentence.

Now, “the organization will exist” could be a sentence by itself. You put a period right there. And, “there is ample funding” could also be a sentence by itself. Those two sentences could stand alone.

But, when we add to this first sentence, “the organization will exist as long as“, it makes that sentence dependent on something else, because if we were just to say “the organization will exist as long as“, that leaves us hanging. That’s a fragment. It needs some other words to go along with it to make it a complete sentence.

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