從屬連接詞 (Subordinating Conjunctions)

從屬連接詞,又稱「附屬連接詞」。以從屬連接詞所引導的從屬子句與主要子句結合形成為一個複句。從屬子句在某種程度上是用來修飾主要子句,它與主要子句同樣都有主詞與述部,但主要子句可單獨存在,從屬子句卻無法單獨存在,它必須依附在主要子句,所以才有「附屬」這個稱謂。

常見的從屬連接詞有:

從屬連接詞範例
afteralthoughasas if
as long asas thoughbecausebefore
by the timeeven ifeven thoughexcept
ifin order thatlestinasmuch
onceonly ifprovided (that)since
thanthatthoughtill
unlessuntilwhenwhenever
wherewhereverwhetherwhile

When the woman read the letter, her eyes welled up with tears.

當這婦人讀了這封信時,她熱淚盈眶。

"well" 當動詞解釋時有“(液體慢慢地)湧出”的意思。
"welled up with tears" - 熱淚盈眶。

I can't reach Andy because he has gone fishing.

我不能連絡上 Andy, 因為他釣魚去了。

She looks younger than she is.

她看起來比她實際年齡要年輕。

My mother-in-law treats me as if I am her enemy. I am blamed whenever something goes wrong.

我的岳母對待我就像是她的敵人。每當不順心的事發生時,我就被指責。

Your friends are more important _______ you are an only child.

(A) where (B) after (C) when (D) while

從屬連接詞的字彙要比對等連接詞(and, but, or, nor, for, so, yet)來得多,下面是一些常用的從屬連接詞依使用方法分類。

從屬連接詞
時間after, before, as soon as, while, when, as
原因as, because, since
條件as long as, if, provided that, unless
對比although, though, even though
相關which, who, that, where, whose

_______ there's a will, there's a way.

(A) Where (B) While (C) When (D) After

I'll be there at eight, _______ the train is late.

(A) until (B) unless (C) before (D) as soon as

表時間的從屬子句是由 after, before, while, when, as, until, by the time, as soon as 之類的連接詞起頭所形成。

When the phone rang, I was taking a shower.

當電話響時,我正在洗澡。

I was taking a shower when the phone rang.

表時間的從屬子句可以放在主要子句之後,這時候就不需要用逗點來隔開兩個子句。

上面例句的主要子句的動詞是過去進行式(was taking),從屬子句的動詞用的是過去式(rang)。請特別注意:當主要子句的動詞是未來式時,從屬子句的動詞通常是用現在簡單式,不可以用 will 或 be going to。

Until the boss shows up, we are not going to leave.

直到老闆出現,我們是不會離開的。

主要子句的動詞 are not going to leave 是未來式時,從屬子句的動詞用現在簡單式 shows up,這裡不能用 will show up。

  • 當江蕙小姐一到達時,我們的晚會就開始。
  • As soon as Ms. Jody Chiang will arrive, we'll start the party.
  • As soon as Ms. Jody Chiang arrives, we'll start the party.

主要子句的動詞是未來式 We'll = We will,表時間的從屬子句用現在簡單式 arrives。

There will be light in your eyes _______ there are dreams in your heart.

(A) only if (B) as if (C) even if (D) even though

  • 下面是個不完整的句子,你知道問題出在哪裡嗎?
  • Although she knew that it was dangerous. She walked home by herself.
    雖然她知道這是危險的,她還是獨自走回家。
  • Although she knew that it was dangerous, she walked home by herself.
    雖然她知道這是危險的,她還是獨自走回家。

問題出在由 Although 起頭的從屬子句 "Although she knew that it was dangerous."後面的一個句點。從屬子句是不能單獨存在的,所以它是個不完整的句子。

文法上有三種語氣:直述語氣、祈使語氣、假設語氣。最常見的假設語氣是以從屬連接詞 If 起頭的句子,用於表示願望、懷疑或假設。

假設語氣中,if 起頭的從屬子句,需要逗號 「,」隔開主要子句。若從屬子句在後面,則逗號可以省略。

If I study, I will pass the exams.
(= I will pass the exams if I study. )

如果我用功,我會通過考試。

If it rains, we'll have to stay at home.
(= We'll have to stay at home if it rains. )

如果下雨,我們將不得不留在家裡。

We apologize if this causes you any inconvenience.
(= If this causes you any inconvenience, we apologize. )

我們道歉,如果這會導致您的任何不便。

Grammar



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