DOL U-5: Adverb Clauses

An adverb clause is a subordinate clause that gives information about the verb in the main clause of the sentence. It tells how, when, where, why, or under what condition the action occurs. An adverb clause can also modify an adjective or another adverb.

Because she was so exhausted, Sheila could not keep her eyes open.

(The adverb clause tells why Sheila could not keep her eyes open.)

Ed's family lived in Atlanta after he was born.

(The adverb clause tells when Ed's family lived in Atlanta.)

Notice when an adverb clause begins a sentence, a comma is used. However, a comma is not needed before an adverb clause that completes a sentence. Adverb clauses are introduced by subordinating conjunctions. These conjunctions tell you that a clause is subordinate and cannot stand alone as a sentence.

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8th Grade Language Arts
Montgomery Central Middle School