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 chris kim,

To introduce an idea into the conversation means to be the first person to say it in that conversation.

The second example is less clear without a context. It may mean that a person is going to give a speech and someone else introduces them, or it may mean that a person has a way of leading into what they are going to say. Without a context it is hard to say.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello,
Is this sentence correct?
"My family and I is visiting the orphanage fortnightly."
Or should the phrase "is visiting" turned into something else?
Regards,
Nik

Hello Nik,

Since you and your family are a group of many people, you should say 'are visiting' instead of 'is visiting'. Otherwise, it's perfect.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi,
About your reply here, can I use the word "visits" to describe it otherwise?

Hello Nik Ahmad Faris,

As Kirk said, the subject here is plural and so you would not use the third-person singular form. You could say 'visit' (not 'visits'), and this would emphasise that the visit is a regular event, not a one-off.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

hello
Is this a sentence?
my name is shene? there is be verb in it

Hello Tharanga pud,

Yes, 'My name is Shene' is a sentence.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello,
Which one is correct? "I'm going home" or "I'm going to home".
If I'm going home is right then usually we use I'm going to college. Which one is the proper English?

Hello chandini,

In this sentence, 'home' is an adverb which describes 'go', and so no preposition is used. Similar words to 'home' here are other adverbs such as 'abroad', 'outside', 'upstairs' and 'inside'.

It is possible to use 'home' as a noun, but with other prepositions ('at home', 'near home', 'from home'). If we use the preposition 'to' then we need to add a possessive adjective and say 'to my home'.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Also if it's correct sentence: We can be in touch?or we be in touch. I think the second one is correct. Thank you.

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