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.


 

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Plz Give the answer of following question
1)Analogies for:
LONELESS:PRIVACY:: ? ?
A)passion:apathy B) composure:equanimity
c) destiny:fateful D)illusory:unpredictable

2) Analogies for:
A)calligraphy:eye B)piquancy:taste
C)noise:ear D)tracheotomy:Throat

Hello pushpendra,

We are here to help people use our resources and to answer questions that are related to what's on LearnEnglish. I'm afraid that the kind of questions you ask in these comments don't fit with that purpose. Perhaps another user will have some ideas for you.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi, can you tell me which one is correct, or maybe neither of them?

I have already lost my grandmother before I could realize the right way to treat her.
I have already lost my grandmother before I could realize the way to treat her right.

Hi Verony,

I'm afraid that neither sentence is correct. The problem is not so much in the ending, but that the sequence of verb tenses doesn't make sense: have lost suggests an action that could occur after could realize, which doesn't make sense here. I'd suggest that you read about the present perfect (have lost).

Both "the right way to treat her" and "the way to terat her right" are fine, though personally I prefer the first phrase. I'd suggest "I had already lost my grandmother before I realized the right way to treat her".

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi, Is this sentence correct?

I have been waiting for years and I still haven’t found you.

Thank you

Verony,

It's always difficult to say for sure without knowing the context, but this sentence does appear to be correct.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi, I want to ask which one is true

"Mother doesn't only cook pizza but also steak"

"Mother not only cooks pizza but also steak"

Thank you

'love to hate'-is this a phrase verb, verbal phrase or perhaps a prepositional phrase??
Thanks for your support

Hello teresaolamide,

'Love to hate' is a verb phrase.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Sir,
"Is it open Sunday?"
is it the above one correct or wrong? Open is verb. But why didn't use do for make question?

tharindu

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