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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Dear team hello, happy new year and best wishes,
(What is the answer to this question?) Can I use (for) instead of (to) after answer? If not why? Thank you.

Hi Hosseinpour

No, 'for' is not correct there. This is just the preposition that is used in this expression. 'for' and 'to' are not interchangeable, though there are some cases where both can be used.

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello sir,
Thank you.

Hi there, I didn't understand why we used "be influenced" instead of "is influenced" , can you help me ?
Thanks.

Geopolitics suggest that a state's foreign policy "be influenced" by its desire to obtain, for example , sufficient agricultural land.

Hi GokaydinBariss,

'Be' is a present subjunctive.

Verbs such as 'suggest', 'insist' and 'demand' are often followed by a subjunctive form:

I demand that he go immediately.

I insist that he be fired.

Geopolitics suggest that it be influenced by...

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello,
I would like to ask if the following is correct:
When we have an important conversation at work etc and someone talks but the other person doesn't pay attention can we use the following expression:
I feel/think that I am standing here alone(all this time that I talk)
Thank you in advance

Hello agie,

I think the normal way to say this would be this:

I feel like I'm talking to myself here.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Sir,
This complex sentence is to be changed to simple sentence :

As I entered the post office, the post master presented me with a telegram.

The answer in the book is :

Entering the post office, I was presented with a telegram by the postmaster.

Sir , here in the answer there are still two clauses :

1) Entering the post office : Adverbial participle clause
2) I was presented with a ...

With the two clauses would the sentence be called ' Simple sentence '

Your views please

Regards

Hello dipakrgandhi,

I'm afraid we don't provide answers to exercises from elsewhere. We're happy to comment on our own material or to explain particular points of confusion, but we don't offer help with homework or tests, or provide answers to tasks from other sources.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Sir,
I think these two sentences here have a little difference between them.
A. Am I right to think that you're a bad guy ?
B. Am I right in thinking that you're a bad guy ?
I think in first sentence, the person asks if he is a right person to think that the other person is a bad guy or if it should be someone else who should ask so.

And in the second sentence, the person asks if he is right in thinking, meaning if it's true, that the other person is a bad guy.

What is your take on this ?

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