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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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.

Hello Josef,

'be in touch' and 'stay in touch' are two common expressions. 'We can be in touch' is grammatically correct; 'we be in touch' could be correct as part of a longer sentence, but by itself is not grammatical, though you might hear someone say it. 

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Dear,
I am wondering if it's correct sentence : 'I would like to inform you that'

Thanks in advance.

Hello Josef,

That is the correct beginning of a sentence, but is not a correct sentence all by itself. Some kind of clause is needed after 'that', e.g. 'I would like to inform you that flight 79 to Malmö has been delayed until 17:30'.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello,
Should I say " Two witnesses is enough to prove him guilty" or " Two witnesses are enough to prove him guilty"?

Thanks in advance

Hello Abdullah,

Both forms are possible here. Strictly speaking, the plural form 'are' is the correct one, since a plural subject should take a plural (and not a singular) verb. In some contexts, however, people, especially people who are often involved in trials (e.g. lawyers or police officers) might say 'is' because they're thinking of two witnesses as a unit, which would result in a singular verb.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi sir
thank u for your help.
i have problem with this sentence.
"The fact that all parties appear to be treating it in such a lackadaisical manner is disappointing because it reveals a lack of interest to engage on differences in any serious manner."
please tell me that in the above sentence ; why "to be treating" is used instead of treating.

Hello KhansaaKhan,

The present continuous is explained on our present continuous page. Without knowing the context, I could be wrong, but it appears to me that this sentence is describing ongoing negotiations.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Dear sir please tell me which sentence is correct.

Techniques help you learn.
Techniques help you to learn.

Hello Rind.aziz,

Most verbs are followed by a specific verb form, but 'help' can be followed by either the bare infinitive ('learn') or the to + infinitive ('to learn'). There is no difference in meaning. By the way, you can often find this kind of information in the example sentences in the dictionary.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

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