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 Lal

Thanks very much, same to you!

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Kirk
Please tell me the comma before is correct or not. If it is correct it is only in American English but not in British English because the subject is the same.
I am I correct?
I can roller skate, and I can ski. /I can roller skate and I can ski.
Thank you.
Regards
Lal

Hi Lal

Since there is no single authority on what is considered correct in English, publishers use different 'styles' when determining what punctuation, grammar and spelling should be used. I think most style guides would prefer the version without a comma, including in American English, though it also depends on precisely what is meant or what kind of speech the writing is supposed to represent. See, for example, rule 13 on this OWL page.

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi,

What is correct:

'The right launching of languages'
Or

'The right launch of languages'

Please advise

Thanks

Hello Sad,

While both options are grammatically correct, neither appear to make sense to me. You can launch a ship or a new product, not a language.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello,
I would like to know if the following is correct
I am wishing you and your family 2019 to be a healthy and fulfilling year
Or
I wish you and your family the 2019 to be a ...
You and your family is ok?
Thank you in advance
you

Hello,
I would like to know how we can use the word technology (I mean the computers, Internet, etc)
1. Technology is important OR
2. The technology is important
Can we use the before the word technology?
Thank you in advance

Hi agie

This really depends on the context and the different considerations involved are explained on our Determiners and quantifiers page. In general, 1 is probably more common than 2, but please take a look at the explanation on that page to see why this is. If you have any further questions about this, please continue them on that page.

All the best
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you for your reply. I would like to ask you about the following example
Technology ( I am referring to the Internet, computers, social media etc) helps people's lives OR
The advanced technology of the Internet and computers helps people lives.
Is it helps or help?
Thank you in advance

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