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 Andrew international,

Yes, this is a declarative question. In declarative questions the normal word order is used even though they are questions. Usually we use a declarative question when we want to ask another person to confirm that we've understood correctly.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you,Sir.Yes,but I didn't understand it.

Hello sir
When I listen to music while reading a book,making presentations or doing my homework,I understand the information better.
Excuse me,,Can we use Vings in these sentence?

Hello Aram1999,

Did I not answer this question already? In any case, I'm not completely sure what you mean, but I can confirm that the sentence you ask about is correct.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish TEam

And I wonder if we can write like this?
while making presentations,reading a book or doing my homework.

Hello Aram1999,

There is no problem with any of those. Of course, they are not complete sentences and whether or not they are appropriate will depend upon the context in which they are used, but they are not grammatically incorrect in any way.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Excuse me,Sir.Can we use when and while together in these sentence below?
For instance,when I listen to classical music,while reading a book,making presentations or doing my homework,I understand the information better.

Hello Aram1999,

Yes, that is perfectly correct. Good work!

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you very much,sir

Hello.Please, check this question.
For instance,when I listen to classical music while reading a book,doing my homework or making presentations,I understand the information better and easier.
Thank you

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