Subordinate Clause Practice


SUBORDINATE CLAUSE PRACTICE

Re-write or complete the following using the conjunctions given.

TIME CLAUSES

Exercise.

1. I went to bed and the telephone rang.

No sooner ________________ than _____________________

2. He was chopping firewood and he cut himself.

While_____________________________________________

3. He must clean up the room or mother will get angry.

Before ____________________________________________

4. If he goes out, he takes his umbrella.

Whenever _________________________________________

5. The fire brigade arrived but the fire was already out.

By the time_________________________________________

PLACE CLAUSES

Exercise.

1. The policemen left the body where ______________________________________

2. The baby followed his mother wherever __________________________________

3. A boxer must hit his opponent where ____________________________________

4. The lovers agreed to meet where _______________________________________

5. He found his wallet exactly where ______________________________________

CLAUSES OF REASON

Exercise.

1. The weather was terrible, so they put off their outing till the following day.

(because)

__________________________________________________

2. My boss has raised my salary, for I have worked very hard this year. (because)

__________________________________________________

3. He didn’t feel at all well, so he called a doctor. (Participle)

__________________________________________________

4. We have no alternative, so let’s do it your way. (since)

__________________________________________________

5. There was no evidence to prove his guilt, so the prisoner was set free. (since)

__________________________________________________

CLAUSES OF RESULT

Exercise.

Re-write using: So …….. that / such …………. that

1. He looked very funny and everybody burst out laughing.

_______________________________________________

2. It was a great surprise and I didn’t know what to say.

_______________________________________________

3. This car travels very fast and you can’t see it.

_______________________________________________

4. The water is very deep and you can hardly see the bottom.

_______________________________________________

5. I have been very busy and I have not been able to repair your watch.

_______________________________________________

CONCESSION CLAUSES


Exercise.

1. The scientist knew how dangerous the experiment was but insisted on doing it.

Although ________________________________________

Even though

In spite of the fact that ______________________________

2. In spite of the bad weather we enjoyed our outing.

Despite the fact ____________________________________

3. He may be intelligent but he still has to study like anyone else.

However ________________________________________

No matter _______________________________________

4. You may not feel sure of yourself, but don’t show it.

Even if __________________________________________

5. I try hard but can never improve my spelling.

However ________________________________________

No matter _______________________________________

CLAUSES OF MANNER

Exercise.

1.John suddenly turned pale; he looked as if ____________

2. My wife was looking at me as if ____________________

3. It can’t be wrong. I did it exactly as _________________

4. The soldiers blew up the bridge as they ______________

5. Mrs. Rich treats her maid as though _________________

CLAUSES OF COMPARISON

Exercice.

1. We have spent much more this month than _____________

2. She never gets up as early as _______________________

3. The more you study the more ______________________-

4. The whole holiday cost me much less than _____________

5. Some pupils do worse in tests than __________________

CLAUSES OF CONDITION

Exercise.

1. Promise to drive carefully and you may borrow my car.

On condition that _________________________________

2. I’ll come to the theatre with you but I shall pay for myself.

Provided that ____________________________________

3. He agreed to lend me the money but he wanted me to repay him by end of the week.

On condition that __________________________________

4. Finish your homework if you want to watch television.

Unless _________________________________________

5. Don’t make any silly mistakes and you will pass your exam.

Providing _______________________________________

CLAUSES OF PURPOSE

Exercise.

1. He jacked up the car. He wanted to change the wheel.

_______________________________________________

2. I put green tomatoes on the window ledge. I want the sun to ripen them.

_______________________________________________

3. He used a net. He didn’t want the mosquitoes to keep him awake.

_______________________________________________

4. Some men wear high-heeled shoes. They want to look taller.

_______________________________________________

5. I turned off the torch. I didn’t want to waste the battery.

_______________________________________________

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