Conjunctions of Purpose



Conjunctions of Purpose :



When the Dependent clause is introduced by a Conjunction of purpose, the following two rules must be observed.

(a) If the Verb in the Principal clause is in the Present or Future Tense, the Verb in the Dependent clause must be expressed by MAY (Present Tense).

(b) If the Verb in the Principal clause is in the Past Tense, the Verb in the Dependent clause must (in accordance with Rule - I) be expressed by MIGHT (Past Tense).

1. Simple Present Tense
Principal Clause : He comes
Dependent Clause : so that he may see me.

2. Simple Past Tense
Principal Clause : He came
Dependent Clause : so that he might see me.

3. Simple Future Tense
Principal Clause : He will come
Dependent Clause : so that he may see me.

4. Present Continuous Tense
Principal Clause : He is coming
Dependent Clause : so that he may see me.

5. Past Continuous Tense
Principal Clause : He was coming
Dependent Clause : so that he might see me.

6. Future Continuous Tense
Principal Clause : He will be coming
Dependent Clause : so that he may see me.

7. Present Perfect Tense
Principal Clause : He has come
Dependent Clause : so that he may see me.

8. Past Perfect Tense
Principal Clause : He had come
Dependent Clause : so that he might see me.

9. Future Perfect Tense
Principal Clause : He will have come
Dependent Clause : so that he may see me.

10. Present Perfect Continuous Tense
Principal Clause : He has been coming
Dependent Clause : so that he may see me.

11. Past Perfect Continuous Tense
Principal Clause : He had been coming
Dependent Clause : so that he might see me.

12. Future Perfect Continuous Tense
Principal Clause : He will have been coming
Dependent Clause : so that he may see me.

The word LEST - that not

The only Auxiliary Verb that can be used after LEST is should, whatever may be the Tense of the Verb in the Principal clause.

Principal Clause : He goes (or) He is going
Dependent Clause : lest he should see me (or) so that he may not see me.

Principal Clause : He went
Dependent Clause : lest he should see me (or) so that he might not see me.

Principal Clause : He will go
Dependent Clause : lest he should see me (or) so that he may not see me.

RELATED PAGES :



  1. The Conjunction
  2. Conjunctions
  3. A Conjunction
  4. Classes of Conjunctions
  5. Coordinating Conjunctions
  6. Cumulative Coordinating Conjunctions
  7. Alternative Coordinating Conjunctions
  8. Adversative Coordinating Conjunctions
  9. Illative Coordinating Conjunctions
  10. Subordinating Conjunctions
  11. Sentences with Proper Conjunctions
  12. Conjunctions of Purpose
  13. Conjunctions of Comparison


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