What is the subordinate clause in the following sentence?: They were laughing because the comedian said a funny joke.
Look, only a few signs are denoting the independent clause ( a subtle exception has here, forget it now) these are
and, but, or , nor, so, yet, semi colon, somewhere for,
if these signs you see these are making an independent clause, ok?
Or other all CONNECTING WORDS make a dependent clause.
Now put the FORMULA here BECAUSE a connecting word that denotes the dependent clause.
Hope it works.