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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hey im saleh from saudia

".........had just had it valued". what sort of construction is it?

I want to know the about the setting of story. Like for example; Hyperbole, Conflict,etc.
Can anyone help me with my favor.
Thanks your British Council Student,
Bilal Junaid

Hello =)
 
Please, I wonder to know if it's possible why sometimes I have sentences like this:

The building, which is going to be opened by the queencost over 5 million.
Where cost is not considered costs.
What gives me a clue to understand the reason why doesn't cost turn into costs in this situation. 
 
I might realize.. 
'The building costs over 5 million'. Am I wrong, though? 

Ex: 3 on:
http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/grammar-reference/relative-clauses-non-defining-relative-clauses

Hello marcello_carvalho!

Remember that the past tense of cost is irregular - it's just cost. Here, the building was paid for in the past, so we use the past tense for cost.

Regards
 
Jeremy Bee
The LearnEnglish Team

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