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Conjunctions - Conjunciones de subordinación
Coordinating conjunctions | Subordinating conjunctions
Subordinating conjunctions join dependent (subordinate) clauses to
main clauses. You can recognize a dependent clause by the fact that it cannot
stand alone - its meaning is incomplete without the main clause.
1. Dije que estoy ocupado. - I said that I am busy.
The main clause is I said. What did I say? That I am busy.
"I am busy" is incomplete without "I said." I might not in fact be busy, but I
said that I was.
The main clause is I can't go. Why can't I go? Because I
don't have any money. The idea here is not that I don't want to go, but
the fact that I can't go since I don't have
The main clause is I will tell you. When will I tell you? When I see you. So "I will tell you" is incomplete without the juxtaposition "when I see you."
Note that many of these conjunctions must be followed by the
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