Because at the Beginning of a Sentence

Because you've watched this video, you'll know exactly how to use "because" to start a sentence. Go you.

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the more interesting activities including a class on how to

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start sentences with subordinating conjunctions there examples of subordinating conjunctions

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include unless despite when and because and it can be

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used to start dependent clauses Dependent clauses get their name

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because they have to be attached to another kind of

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klaus the main clause no relation of santa in order

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to form a complete sentence Let's say we have the

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dependent clause when sally visited the camp showers for the

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first time Well this dependent clause can't stand on its

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own is a sentence It doesn't make sense It needs

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a main clause like she saw spiders the size of

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small children in order to be a complete sentence When

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we put these two clauses together not only do we

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get a complete picture of what's going on but we

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can all collectively shudder along with sally the formula we

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use with subordinating conjunctions Here is subordinating conjunction starting a

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dependent clause plus comma lost main clause All right let's

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look at some more examples that involved this formula Because

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sally's parents dislike the idea of her doing anything dangerous

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she made sure to take an archery class despite the

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rules put in place by the camp counselors Sally rand

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poker matches out of her cabin every night We've talked

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about the formula for starting sentences with subordinating conjunctions However

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we could just as easily switch the positions of the

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dependent and main clauses in the formula So we end

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up with main clause plus a subordinating conjunction starting a

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deepening claws at that The note that in this iteration

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of the formula there is no comma sally walk through

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a patch of poison ivy despite her best intentions No

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come in they're here The dependent clause despite her best

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intentions is tacked on to the main clause without a

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comma Or how about this Sally was busy playing sudoku

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on her phone when all the other girls were singing

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songs around the campfire Well we've hooked the dependent clause

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when all the other girls were singing songs around the

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campfire onto the main clause without a comma The only

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time we would ever need to inject akama is when

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there is a stark difference between the main clause and

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the dependent clause For example if we had the main

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clause sally was wide awake and the dependent clause despite

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staying up all night telling ghost stories we would need

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a comment and join these two clauses together What if

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we had the main clause Sally was starving and the

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dependent clause despite eating her weight in hot dogs Well

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we need a comma to separate these two clauses because

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how could anyone be hungry after consuming one hundred twenty

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pounds of frank's So we have two formulas to remember

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here for sentences involving subordinating conjunctions We can use the

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formula subordinating conjunction starting a dependent clause plus comma plus

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main clause If you want to ditch the combo we

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can use main clause plus a subordinating conjunction starting a

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dependent clause instead Not that either of these formulas matter

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to sally who will have some great stories to tell 00:03:43.29 --> [endTime] her folks when she gets home No