Adverb Clauses

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, sinceas 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.

  • After the play ended, we sang the national anthem.
  • I shall wait until you have finished dressing.
  • I haven’t been to the cinema since I saw ‘The Sound of Music’.
  • I read because I like reading.
  • She spoke in such a low voice that few could hear her.

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