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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Thank you very much britishcouncil family
realy this website the most usefull website for learning English
 

This site is exellent for all english learner.

What i understand Clause is a simple sentence consists of a Subject and a Predicate. (Please correct me if im wrong)
He goes to school.
[He] + [goes to school]
[An unlucky student] + [almost lost a 17th century violin worth almost £200,000]
Subject                        +  Predicate
Clause is a complete sentence. A sentence can contain more than one clause. Phrase works as noun AN UNLUCKY STUDENT is a phrase.
What i think, explanation should be in details in such grammar section, as most of us joined to learn. We are not professional.  

 Hi Faysal

If you look on the right hand side, you can see that this page is just the introduction to clauses and phrases. You are mostly right in what you have said but if you want more detailed information, click on the 'next page' at the bottom or on one of the headings on the right.

Thanks

Jack Radford

The LearnEnglish Team

 what I understand is that  clause is single line, combination of word , explanation  and phrase is either word or combination of words with meaning. and sentence can be a clause or combination of clauses defining about particular thing.

clauses and phrases make sentence,but define what is clause and phrase.also in the text the use of had twice?how....."had just had"  means???
 

I do not understand .

i think there aren´t  any change just  two sentences joined

I still don't understand the difference between a clause and a sentence :(

Ok anyone who understand could please explain it to me?

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