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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Hello tryon,

I'm afraid that's not quite correct. You can say either of these:

I thought that you were an Asian. [the person is not an Asian and you are surprised]

I thought that you are an Asian. [the person is an Asian and you are correct]

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

yeah. thank you peter. i wrote the same second way, but meaning is not correct,

Hello,
I would like to ask a question.If we give directions on the street can we use the following;
If you go all the way up or all the way down, you will find ... square ,
Or if you go straight ahead you will find....square?
Which of the above is correct?
Thank you in advanced

Hi angie,

All of those are correct. Please note that often people say 'go down' or 'go up' even when the street is quite flat -- in such a case, 'down' or 'up' mean something like 'further along'. Though if you say 'all the way' before 'down' or 'up', it means 'until you reach the end'.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello,
I would like to ask if the following sentence is correct;
When I visit a new place, I don't want to take so many photos of the sightseeings, with my cell phone.I think that if I do it, I lose the moment (and focus on how to take pictures)
Thank you in advanced

Hi angie2,

That is mostly correct, but there are a couple of small errors that I'll point out. 'sightseeing' is an activity and so is not something you normally take photos of -- instead I'd say 'sights'. There shouldn't be a comma after 'sights' and before the rest of the sentence.

I'd probably write something like 'if I do that, I will not appreciate the moment and instead focus on taking the pictures' for the end, but what you wrote is also correct.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Ηello,
I would like to ask if we can use at random or walk into in the following senteces;
1 I saw an old friend of mine in the city center at random or I walked into an old friend of mine on the street yesterday?
2. I have found a very nice restaurant at random
Thank you in advanced

Hello angie2,

'At random' suggests without order or organisation but you need a different meaning here. We would use 'by chance' in these examples:

I saw an old friend of mine in the city center by chance.

I have found a very nice restaurant by chance.

 

The verb is 'bump into' rather than 'walk into':

I bumped into an old friend of mine on the street yesterday?

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

 

One last thing. Can I say ' Either Peter or Mark, Michael and George is going to book the tickets.'

Hello Sad,

'Either' is used when there are two options. Thus the sentence tells us that there are two possibilities:

1) Peter is going to book the tickets

or

2) Mark, Michael and George are going to book the tickets

To make the sentence fully grammatical you need to use 'are' rather than 'is' because the verb should agree with the last option in the list.

 

If, on the other hand, you want to suggest one of four possibilities then you should use 'one of' rather that 'either':

One of Peter, Mark, Michael or George is going to book the tickets.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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