The basic unit of English grammar is the clause:

[An unlucky student almost lost a 17th century violin worth almost £200,000]

[when he left it in the waiting room of a London station.]

[William Brown inherited the 1698 Stradivarius violin from his mother]

[and had just had it valued by a London dealer at £180,000.]

Clauses are made up of phrases:

[An unlucky student] + [almost lost] + [a 17th century violin worth almost £200,000]

[when] + [he] + [left] + [it] + [in the waiting room of a London station.]

[William Brown] + [inherited] + [the 1698 Stradivarius violin] + [from his mother]

[and] [had just had it valued] + [by a London dealer] + [at £180,000.]

We can join two or more clauses together to make sentences.

An unlucky student almost lost a 17th century violin worth almost £200,000 when he left it in the waiting room of a London station.

William Brown inherited the 1698 Stradivarius violin from his mother and had just had it valued by a London dealer at £180,000.


 

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Is this sentence correct?
'Students can understand from listening to a conversation'

Hello Sad,

Grammatically the sentence's construction does not contain errors, but I do not understand what you are trying to say and cannot think of a context in which this would be an appropriate expression. The various parts of the sentence do not fit together in a coherent way.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

As I mentioned above, that is what I wanted to say it.
If the structure is not corrrct، please advise the correct one.

I am trying to say that students listened to an English audio conversation and they understood it very well.

It is a feedback to give to their parents.

Please advise the correct clause.

Thanks.

Hi Sad,

You could say exactly that or something like 'The students comprehended a recording of a conversation in English.'

Best regards,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Can I say
' Student can comprehend a recording of a conversation in English?'

Or

'Student can comprehend a recorded English conversation?'

Hi Sad,

Both of those are fine. I prefer the first, but both are correct.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

One last question. If I say ' Student can comprehend to a recorded conversation of English'
Would that be correct?

Hi Sad,

Almost! It's a bit strange to have no article before the singular word 'student', so I'd recommend either 'The student' or 'Students'. And then 'comprehend' should be followed directly by its object, in other words, you should delete the word 'to'.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

But I can still use 'can', correct?

'The student can comprehend a recorded conversation of English'

Is that correct?

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