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

Hello,
I would like to ask which of the following is correct:
When we go to a library to read a book and we need information we ask the person who works there. So we
Ask information about a book or
we ask for information?
Thank you in advance

Hi agie,

We ask for information about something, whether it be a book in a library, a flight with an airline, a concert, etc.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello,
I would like to ask which of the following is correct:
1. He taught how to play guitar or he taught how to play the guitar?
2. He taught himself how to play guitar
Thank you in advance

Hi agie,

'He taught himself how to play the guitar' is the sentence I believe you're looking for.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello,
I would like to ask which of the following is correct
1. I like reading music magazines or musical magazines?
2. If someone wants to learn how to play music fast or how to solve an exercise in maths fast etc, can we say:
First, we must learn the technique and then comes the speed
Thank you in advance

Hello agie,

The correct form is 'music magazines' (magazines on the topic of music).

 

The sentence is fine.

 

Peter

The LeanEnglish Team

Hello,
I would like to know if the following are correct:
When we talk about a part of the test-(listening for example),can we ask:
1. How long will it last?
Thank you in advance

Hello agie,

Yes, you can say that.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello,
I would like to ask if the following sentences are correct:
1. The best way to prove your value is to work
2. In order to improve your writing, you need to improve or learn? grammar and spelling
Thank you in advance

Hi agie,

1 looks good to me. In 2, I'd change the end to 'you need to improve your grammar and spelling'.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

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