ESL Term:

Subordinate Clause

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subordinate clause: A clause that has a subject and predicate but does not express an independent idea. Also referred to as a dependent clause. There are three kinds of subordinate clauses: adjective clauses, adverbial clauses, and noun clauses.

Examples of subordinate clauses:

                While you were sleeping,

                Even though I am hungry,