I agree with your analysis.
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I believe I am right in saying that a coordinating conjunction effectively stands apart from the independent clauses either side of it, e.g.
She was five and he was six.
My query centres on whether a subordinate conjunction does the same, or whether it is in effect part of the second clause and, in so being, subordinates it to the first clause.
Which of these, if either, is correct please?
I will have to drive tonight unless I can think of an excuse. (Independent clause + subordinate conjunction + independent clause = ? I think this is wrong.)
I will have to drive tonight unless I can think of an excuse. (Independent clause, subordinate clause = complex sentence. I think this is right for the above reason, but I'm not certain.)
Thanks in advance for any help.
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