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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Sir,
Mujtaba scored 23 last season for Reds, took 16 games to GET OFF THE MARK this time round.
i know  what off the mark means...and i know slow/quick off the mark too. but doesn't make any sense in this context to me. can you walk me through sir?
Thanx :)

Hi Mujtab,
'Get off the mark' means to start scoring. So in your example, the first goal came after 16 games.
Is that clear?
Adam
The LearnEnglish Team

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frnds... i haven't got the answer yet! i wonder if the idioms and phrase vary from english to english? i mean i use an idiom or a phrase such as "gung ho" would it let the listner realise or recognise ... i mean i wonder if they exist in english english? don't they? :)

 am happy to find this  website.  thank you very much britishcouncil

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very good

im trying to tread? im trying to treading? starting to play? starting to playing? im really confused! :)

utter nuisense? utterly nonsense? music shiznits? musically shiznits?
How do we know the diff? where to use as an adj and where as an adv?
I tried to play? some places i tried to playing? how  to use the an exact form of verb whether present or continuous?
Plz hlp!!
Thanx :)

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