Subordinate clauses have the following features:
- They cannot normally stand alone but are linked to a superordinate clause.
- There is a comma between the main and subordinate clauses.
- Subordinate clauses usually begin with an introductory word, e.g. a conjunction or an interrogative.
- The conjugated verb in a subordinate clause is usually right at the end. There are only a few exceptions.
The conjugated verb thus "migrates" to the end of the subordinate clause:
You have already encountered three types of subordinate clause in this unit:
Causal clauses with weil:
Nico hat Yara gesucht, weil er ihre Hilfe braucht.
Subordinate clauses with dass:
Nico sagt, dass er jeden Tag Deutsch lernt.
Indirect interrogative clauses:
Yara will wissen, wo Nico jetzt wohnt.