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 everyone, this site is amazing! It really helps me discover more about English! 

Hello maky601!
 
Glad you like it - enjoy your stay!
 
Regards
 
Jeremy Bee
The LearnEnglish Team

hi Adam,
I'm Apabrita and I'm from India. though I've no problem with the English word spellings or grammar, sometimes my sentence constructions are inappropriate.
I'm working for some  online story sites in India and my stories seem to have quite popularity. some asked me to post some in English and I'm thinking forward. so it would be very helpful if you can teach me some basic rules regarding these topics:
1. complex and compound sentences.
2.tense ( e.g :'I don't know why but jenny's smile was so beautiful that it stopped the argument immediately.' sentence construction is right? please let me know.)
3.how to use dialogs while describing the changes of circumstances.
it would be great if I get a reply from you.
with regards, Apabrita.

Hello Apabrita!
 
I'm sorry, but Adam's away at the moment! Let me see if I can help. Those are very big topics, so I can't really summarise them for you - you would need an English class or tutor for that. Instead, you could try looking in our grammar section where you'll find a lot of material on these areas. You could also use our search box; just type in a few keywords, and see what comes up. We also have a course on Academic Writing coming soon; you will find some of that useful, I think. I can tell you your question 2 sentence is correct, though!

I don't understand question 3, I'm afraid...
 
Regards

Jeremy Bee
The LearnEnglish Team 

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Hi,
Could you help me with these sentences?
1) What is on your mind?
2) What is in your mind?
Does both these sentences mean the same and is it a right way of usage? If not, which is the right way of usage. Please help!
 
Regards,
ranisjac

With the link and

I think 1 is ok is more used

Hi Learn English Team,
I want to say a big thanks to you people, what you doing to teach English to the world.
Thanks a lot as I learnt a lot from your podcasts.

Again thanks a lot for helping the world.

Hi Prashant!
 
Very kind of you to say so! I'm glad you enjoy the site.
 
Best wishes
 
Jeremy Bee
The LearnEnglish Team

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