"I drink coffee before I sleep."
Translation:Ik drink koffie, voordat ik slaap.
Je mag komma's voor verbindingswoorden plaatsen om het lezen gemakkelijker te maken. Het is niet noodzakelijk (behalve als de betekenis van de zin verandert zonder komma) maar wel handig. Vooral bij lange zinnen.
So is voordat coordinating or subordinating? This hasn't come up for me since eighth grade grammar. Or is inversion not affected by that in this case? Because I had "slaap ik" and it was marked wrong.
"voordat" is a subordinating conjunction. Subordinating conjunctions always force the verb in the subordinate clause to the end of the clause: "ik drink koffie, voordat ik het ontbijt eet." Additionally, if the independent clause comes after the subordinate clause, the independent clause's verb is forced to the beginning of the clause: "Voordat ik het ontbijt eet, drink ik koffie."
You can read about the "verb at the end" rule in the Tips and notes section of the Conjunctions skill, and you can read more about word order on this page, which is part of this Dutch grammar overview on Duolingo.
Thats exactly what the comment youre replying to says. That voordat is a subordinating conjunction and that duo doesnt accept the correct answer .
Gasan: I believe you're confusing inversion (which occurs when a sentence or main clause begins with something other than the verb) -that is, VSO-, with subordinate clause word order, SOV.
In this particular sentence, as in the subordinate clause there's no object (since slapen is an intransitive verb), it seems as if the word order remained the same as if it were an independent clause, but as soon as we change slapen for a transitive verb, we need to alter the word order, just as the previous user explained (Narion K or something).
Voordat is a contraction of 'voor' and 'dat' and could be translated as '(be)for(e) that'. Voor can be used here but it can also have several different meanings.
De appel is voor hem =The apple is for him
Ik sta voor het huis = I'm standing in front of the house
We/wij bidden voor(dat) we eten = We pray before we eat
my best guess: voordat is "before that" and it may function also as "because" since it what comes after that may explain you something about what comes later...
Is it true that if the words which come after conjunction, in this case is "voordat" will not invert the next words which is preceeded directly with "S" + "V" or "ik slaap" in the similar case? :D