subordinate clause

noun

Definition of subordinate clause

grammar

  1. :  a clause that does not form a simple sentence by itself and that is connected to the main clause of a sentence In the sentence “I went home because I felt ill,” “because I felt ill” is a subordinate clause.

Word by Word Definitions

subordinateplay
  1. :  placed in or occupying a lower class, rank, or position :  inferior

    :  submissive to or controlled by authority

    :  of, relating to, or constituting a clause that functions as a noun, adjective, or adverb

  1. :  one who stands in order or rank below another :  one that is subordinate

  1. :  to make subject or subservient

    :  to treat as of less value or importance

clauseplay
  1. :  a group of words containing a subject and predicate and functioning as a member of a complex (see 2complex 1b(2)) or compound (see 2compound 3b) sentence

    :  a separate section of a discourse (see 1discourse 3) or writing

    :  a distinct article in a formal document


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