Sentences with multiple clauses
Skill 7: use adverb time and cause connector correctly
Adverb time connectors
As soon as
Once حالما / ما إن
Wheneverفى أى وقت /حتى
As long as طالما/ ما دام
By the timeفى الوقت
Adverb cause connector
As لما كان
Now thatوالآن بعد أن
Inasmuch asنظرا لأن
I will sign the check before you leave.
Before you leave, I will sign the check.
In each of these examples, there are two clauses: you leave and I will sign the check, and the clause you leave is an adverb time clause because it is introduced with the connector before.
In the first example the connector before comes in the middle of the sentence, and no comma (,) is used. In the second example the connector before comes at the beginning of the sentence. In this pattern, when the connector comes at the beginning of the sentence, a comma (,) is required in the middle of the sentence.