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Adverb Clauses


An adverb clause is a dependent clause that modifies or describes a verb, adjective, or adverb in the independent clause.

When it rains,

I wear my hat.

adverb clause


An adverb clause shows the relationship between the independent clause and the dependent clause. For example, an adverb clause can show:

An adverb clause:

  • is introduced by a subordinate conjunction (a kind of linking word).

  • can be placed before or after the independent clause.

  • is followed by a comma when the adverb clause is placed before the independent clause.

  • uses present tense, NOT future tense, when it is showing time order in the future.

Related sections
Complex Sentences
Independent and Dependent Clauses
Linking Words
Sentence Errors — Fragments
Sentence Errors — Run-on Sentences: Part B