So far, we’ve looked at just one of the subordinating conjunctions, that are used to make complex sentences, but there are others. These are the most commonly used:

You need to be able to recognize both coordinating and subordinating conjunctions when you see them in sentences.

Exercise 2.2

Label the two clauses in each complex sentence. Circle the conjunction that connects the clauses. Then follow the punctuation rules for complex sentences.

1. When you lick a postage stamp you consume one-tenth of one calorie.

2. The birth of the Dionne quintuplets in 1934 created an enormous sensation because no other set of identical quintuplets had ever survived.

3. Although Pretty Boy Floyd was originally known for his string of bank robberies he gained even greater fame for his uncanny knack of avoiding police traps.

4. Eight thousand people must live in a community before the U.S. government calls it a city.

5. If F. Scott Fitzgerald had completed The Last Tycoon before his death in 1940 at the age of 44 it might have been a major American novel.