Adverb clauses | English grammar

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Subordinate clauses can function as adverbs and then they are called adverb clauses. An adverb clause answers the following questions:

To what extent?
Under what condition?
In what manner?
How often?

An adverb clause is a subordinate clause that describes a verb, adjective, or another adverb. All adverb clauses start with a subordinating conjunction. Some of the most common subordinating conjunctions used for this purpose are: when, as, before, after, since, as if, as though, because, that, if, unless, whether, as long as, as soon as and as though.


You can place an adverb clause in the beginning, middle, or end of a sentence.

Sections in this article

Adverb clauses
Kinds of adverb clauses
Kinds of adverb clauses - II

See Also

Adjective clauses
Noun clauses
Synthesis of sentences
Transformation of sentences


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