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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Hello sherryannram,

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Peter

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Hello sir
I am trouple while make the phrase structure, so make up the order of subject,verb,I/o,
d/o,complement.

so I want clear data of syntax sentence structure.

Regards
Learner of english

Hello uthirapathi,

It's very hard to answer this question because the construction of English sentences is very flexible and there are often options for the speaker. The most basic sequence is subject-verb-object, but this is not a rule but rather a common pattern. Did you have any specific sentences in mind? If so, we can comment on those sentences and help you to understand why they are constructed as they are, but we can't really give general rules which cover all sentences as there are no such general rules.

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Peter

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Hi,

can you please explain the meaning of this sentence
"the king turned a deaf ear to his entreaties"

Thanks and regards

Hello sanjus,

Both the phrase 'turn a deaf ear' and the word 'entreaties' are in our dictionary (see the search box on the lower right). If it's still not clear after you look them up, please let us know.

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Kirk
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Hello,

Tell me plz what are the meaning of below ones.

As well as, as much as, as soon as????

Give me a clear definition plz....

tharindu

Hi Tharindu,

All three of these are in our dictionary. I'd suggest you take a look there (the search box is on the lower right) and then if you have any more questions, please don't hesitate to ask them - the more specific, the better.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

dear sir i am confused with objects in sentence,i could't find exact object in a sentences if their two objects how to find the object 1 and object 2

Hello suragonisunil,

I'm not sure I can really discuss this in such an abstract way. Perhaps you could provide an example sentence which you find confusing and we'll be happy to explain it for you.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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