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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Thank you sir.Thank you very much for responding and correcting.I always like your simple explanations you've giving me help me a lot.thanks again.
(i'm not sure whether i wrote it in the correct way at all.)

"Help given is help received " this statement was in a book but I cannot understand grammatically it can you help me? (noun+ppv)

Hello raj jk,

The best way to think of this is as follows:

Help (which is) given is help (which is) received.

While we're happy to comment on our own materials and explain language on our site, or even to answer more general questions about how English works, we can't really comment on sentences from elsewhere. Very often the meaning is context-dependent, or may be unusual or non-standard. It's not really possible for us to provide this kind of help.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

hi,
".... is used in all the countries of the world"
"... is used in all of the countries of the world"

Could you please suggest which sentence is correct ?

Hi ca.kulwinder,

Neither of these is incorrect; they are alternatives and have the same meaning.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks Peter :)

Hello

I was watching a movie when I heard this sentence: ''don't you were great at it''
verb ''to be'' has its particular place in English grammar, and I have never seen it used together with other verbs(Imperative mood is an exception). However, I feel mistaken because it is used in the movie. Could you help me understand that please?

Thank you

Hello MCWSL,

I'm afraid I can't really comment on this for several reasons. First, this is clearly part of a larger stretch of dialogue and needs to be in context for it to make sense. Second, films often contain non-standard language as they are not designed to provide 'correct' language examples but rather convincing dialogue, which is often chaotic and not necessarily grammatically correct.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello,

''I kind of liked her''

Why ''kind of'' does not take a noun, but it takes a verb?

If we decribe a noun, using prepositional phrase, it always takes a noun and its modifiers for example, I like this kind of vechiles(what kind?(vechiles))

What is the difference between these two sentences:
''I was drinking juice yesterday'',''I drank juice yesterday''

When should I use past proggresive or past simple in these types of situations?

Thank you

Hello MCWSL,

'kind of' can be used almost like an adverb to mean something like 'rather' or 'to some degree' - that is how it is used in the sentence you ask about.

As for your second question about past continuous or past simple, it's impossible to say which is better without knowing the context. I'd suggest you take a look at our talking about the past page and the Past continuous or past simple? page in the Cambridge Dictionary's Grammar.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

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