subordinate clause

noun

Definition of subordinate clause

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: 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.

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“Subordinate clause.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/subordinate%20clause. Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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