Clause, phrase and sentence

 

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.


 

Comments

Thank you Kirk. My question was about the preposition "for". Further to that can I use the expression" I go swimming everyday" instead of "I go for swimming everyday"?.

Hello afsalrahiman,

Yes, in fact I go for swimming everyday is not correct - the correct form is I go swimming (or:   running  ,  sailing , walking, e  tc.) every day.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi,

My friends decided to go a trip.
So how can i ask this for him?
what day are you going to go? "or " what do you go?

which one is correct?

thari

Hi Thari,

It means that, given a choice between drinking red or white wine, this person would choose red. Red wine tastes better to this person than white.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Thari,

The correct expression is to go on a trip: I went on a trip on 21st May.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

HI,

How do i make questions about trip? And below question are correct or wrong?

1 Where do we go?
2 What day are we going to go?
3 Do we travel by train?
4 What time do we come back?

if the sentences are incorrect please write correct one.

Thari.

Hello Thari,

How we say things can change a lot depending on the context, but in general, sentences 1, 3 and 4 are not correct - the following sentences are my corrections:

1. Where are we going?
2. (correct)
3. Are we traveling (or: going to travel) by train?
4. What time are we coming (or: going to come) back?

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

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