Conjunctions: Subordinating

Contributor: Samantha Penna. Lesson ID: 11898

You take this lesson you will learn you studied hard if you were tired. Learn how to take a sentence like that and fix it using subordinating conjunctions! You will play a game and complete fill-ins!



English / Language Arts
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Intermediate (3-5)
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Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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I will watch TV. Doing my homework. We will go shopping. We get some money.

  • Do those groups of words make sense?

They will once you follow this lesson and learn to use subordinating conjunctions! Then, you can try putting them together so they make sense!

A conjunction is a word that is used to join two or more sentences together.

If you missed the first lesson in this Conjunctions series, you can pick it up in the right-hand sidebar under Related Lessons.

This lesson focuses on subordinating conjunctions. A subordinating conjunction can be used to transition between ideas in a sentence. The transition will indicate a time, place, or cause and effect. There are many subordinating conjunctions in the English language.

Read the list of subordinating conjunctions below:

  • after
  • if
  • than
  • although
  • if only
  • that
  • as
  • just as
  • though
  • as if
  • now
  • till
  • as long as
  • now that
  • unless
  • as much as
  • now when
  • until
  • as soon as
  • once
  • when
  • as though
  • provided
  • whenever
  • because
  • provided that
  • whether
  • before
  • rather than
  • where
  • even if
  • supposing
  • wherever
  • even though
  • since
  • which
  • how
  • so that
  • while


There are so many subordinating conjunctions! You will learn how to use them in sentences. Are you ready to read some examples? Great!

You will look at examples of different subordinating conjunction being used in sentences. The subordinating conjunction in each sentence will be bold. Read all the sentences aloud to your parent or teacher:

  • After schoolwe have swimming lessons.

kids swimming

  • Just as I started working out, the phone rang.

woman on phone

  • He looked under the bed, where he always kept his journal.

boy writing

  • Once summer arrives, we will be going to the pool every day!

boys in pool

Did you read all the examples aloud to your parent or teacher? If so, great work! If not, go back and read the examples.

As you could see, all of the examples included a comma (,). Whenever you see a comma, you should do a brief pause while reading aloud.

Most subordinating conjunctions have a comma that breaks up the two sentences. For example, "As soon as I wake up in the morning, I go out for a run."

Whenever you start a sentence with a conjunction, there will be a comma between two thoughts. There are two sentences: "As soon as I wake up" and "I go out for a run." The conjunction and the comma work together to squish the two sentences together.

Not all subordinate conjunctions require a comma. Some sentences can be put together with just a subordinating conjunction without a comma. For example, "I have more cookies than Ryan does."

Are you comfortable with the many examples of subordinating conjunctions being used in sentences? If so, move on to the Got It? section, where you will practice using subordinating conjunctions by playing a game.

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