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A subordinate clause is a group of words, which include a finite or nonfinite verb.  The subordinate clause cannot stand independently as it is not complete as a statement, and thus remains a dependent clause. it has to join the main or independent clause to complete a sentence.

Each of the following shows a subordinate clause (in bold) that is a part of another clause, which is the main clause. Both clauses together form a complete sentence.

 

The subordinate clause comes in different forms as follow:

  1. Adverbial Clause
  2. Noun Clause
  3. Relative Clause
  4. Nonfinite Clause