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Every adverbial clause begins with a
A. action verb.
B. coordinating conjunction.
C. subordinating conjunction.
D. prepositional phrase.
Every adverbial clause begins with a subordinating conjunction. The most common subordinating conjunction is “that,” which introduces an adverbial clause that modifies the verb in the main clause. For example, “I know that he will come.” In this sentence, the adverbial clause is “that he will come” and it modifies the verb “know.”
Other subordinating conjunctions include: after, before, since, until, when, while, though, because, if, as long as.
Adverbial clauses can be placed at the beginning of a sentence: “When he arrives, we’ll start.” They can also be placed in the middle of a sentence: “I’ll start as soon as he arrives.” Or they can be placed at the end of a sentence: “We’ll start when he arrives.”
Adverbial clauses can be short or long, but they must always contain a subject and a verb. For example, “As soon as he arrived, I started.” In this sentence, the adverbial clause is “as soon as he arrived” and it modifies the verb “started.” The subject of the adverbial clause is “he” and the verb is “arrived.”
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