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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hi aisgeulis "salam kenal" i am from indonesia aswell,and i can not speak english very well i have been joined this site about 2 weeks ago just free to learn your english on this site as it is very helpful! :)

hello british council, I am from sibolga,indonesia but I cannot open task of word on the street british food and story of the birthday... something wrong?

Hello Delfi,

Sorry to hear that. We had some problems with our exercises yesterday, but we think they are fixed now. Can you please check again and tell us if you still can't open the tasks?

Best wishes,

Adam

The LearnEnglish Team

                 

hey every one where u are ^_^ >>>>please help me to improve my English

 Hello, my name is Mauro. I live in Brazil. I want to learn English. I get see a open door!

Hi

to all memeber of british Council and special thanks for a such a great opportunity to learn english... any one tell me about the phonetic and phonoloy of english and how can i improve my pronunciation of english

Hi,

We don't have a lot of information about the phonology of English on LearnEnglish at the moment, although you might find the Sounds Right pronunciation chart useful. Our sister site for teachers, TeachingEnglish has some information about it from a teacher's perspective.

What sort of pages would you find useful?

Best wishes,

Adam

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Teacher!

I'm a adult learner and I want to improve my english. I can't write well. How can I do to write and speak well?

Hi Nwepi

The advice I always give my students is, practise. I'm sure that you can understand a lot more language when you are reading and listening than you can produce when you are speaking or writing. Only by practising, can you make that language, that you already know, available and automatic.

Commenting here on LearnEnglish and on other sites is probably a good idea.

Good luck

Jack

The LearnEnglish Team

Dear all,

I'm from Indonesian student, I know this great website from my classmate in college. I hope, I'm going to improve my English in here with you all. Say hello to anyone else.

Many thanks - Ardi

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