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 angie2,

The correct word here is 'historic'.

'Historic' describes a place which had an important role in history. For example, a historic book is one which changed history in some way.

'Historical' describes something which is connected to history. For example, a historical book is one which is about history in some way.

You can read a discussion of this topic on this page.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello,
I would like to ask;
1. when someone works in a seasonal or season job?
And is it correct to ask;
2 .I would like to ask if accommodation and food are included?
Thank you in advanced

Hi anasge,

'seasonal' is the word that collocates with 'job': 'seasonal job'. For 2, it depends on the context. If it's part of the payment for a seasonal job, for example, the phrase 'room and board are included' is more common.

Hope this helps you.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you very much for your answer. I thought so, however I wanted to make sure because I have been told that this combination "Can you have a room to rent?" is sometimes used, which surprised me a lot and I could not figure out the meaning of it.

Hello!
I'd like to ask you whether it's possible to say: "Can you have a cheap and comfortable room to rent?" - when addressing a person from whom you would like to rent it, or in a shop: "Can you have this dress in black? - when addressing a shop assistant?
King regards,
Karolina

Hi Karolina,

'can' is not correct in the context you describe. Instead, I'd recommend using 'do' (the auxiliary verb for the present simple tense) or the modal auxiliary verb 'would' (which is often used in polite speech):

  • Do you have ...
  • Would you have ...

Both 'do' and 'would' are correct in both of the questions you ask about.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello, I would like to ask
1. If someone writes an article for a site or blog , we say he post an article on the site, Facebook etc?
2. If we sent an application with an email we can say I will send it through Interent?
Thank you in advanced

Hello anasge,

In order:

1) Yes, we can say this. Remember to use 's' with the third person present, however: he posts not he post.

2) We would say I'll send it by email or I'll send it as an attachment.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

We leave for our vacations TOMORROW MORNING.
what phrase is it ?

Hello Mdjangid,

The phrase 'tomorrow morning' is an adverbial phrase modifying the verb 'leave'.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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