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.


 

Comments

Hi everyone,
Can anyone tell me what is the meaning of this sentences???
single-sex schools may be due to the higher socioeconomic class from which such students are purportedly recruited, rather than the single-sex character of the school itself.
Please..
god bless..

Hello Josh!
 
Welcome to LearnEnglish! I'm sorry, but without seeing a bit more of where the sentence comes from, it's quite hard to say what exactly it means! Is there part of it missing?
 
Regards
 
Jeremy Bee
The LearnEnglish Team

Josh: what an ugly sentence - we can guess what the writer had in mind. My guess is that the writer has misused 'due to', which links a cause to a result. But 'the higher socioeconomic class . . . '  cannot cause 'single-sex schools'. 

Hi . Can anyone please tell me where can I find the section for idioms???????

thanks sir :):)

well. it is useful lesson . but i have a question?  what is the meaning of this sentence : boost their eco-credentials . thank you

please i want to know what are your answers about that questions  as i trust in your information  so ...tell me please the correct answers and where i can improve my skills in these parts  .
(1)  Do you have .......... bread ?  
        (  some  -    any  )
(2)  After i ........ my breakfast , i ......... to school .
       ( have / gone ) - ( had /went) - (have had / gone ) - (had /will go)
(3)  I will be there ............... march ll .
        ( at - on - upon - in )
(4) The children stood in a line one ...........anther .
      ( in  -  after - at - from )
(5)  I wish i ................some English courses in the academy.
      ( had took  -  have take  -  had taken - taken )
(6)  The chair is  made  ........... wood .
      (  in - of - off  - by )

Hello,
I'm sorry, but the LearnEnglish team doesn't do exercises or tests for students. We can help you with questions you have about learning English or the language.
However, perhaps some other learners can help you!
Best wishes,
Adam
The LearnEnglish Team

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