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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Hi . Can anyone please tell me where can I find the section for idioms???????

Josh: what an ugly sentence - we can guess what the writer had in mind. My guess is that the writer has misused 'due to', which links a cause to a result. But 'the higher socioeconomic class . . . '  cannot cause 'single-sex schools'. 

Hi everyone,
Can anyone tell me what is the meaning of this sentences???
single-sex schools may be due to the higher socioeconomic class from which such students are purportedly recruited, rather than the single-sex character of the school itself.
Please..
god bless..

Hello Josh!
 
Welcome to LearnEnglish! I'm sorry, but without seeing a bit more of where the sentence comes from, it's quite hard to say what exactly it means! Is there part of it missing?
 
Regards
 
Jeremy Bee
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi, i want to know where can i find the structure of present, past and future sentences, here in the Learning Center, if you can sen me the path or link, i will be so glad.

Hi,
There are many different ways to talk about the present, past and future in English. We have some pages which cover ways to talk about the present, the past and the future.
Best wishes,
Adam
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello, English Learn Team
I would like to appreciate and acknowledge the whole English Learn Team for taking out time and posting comments which I feel is very useful. I am new at the site and I don't know much about it but I can say that English Learn Team is SUPERB

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