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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Hello Suhaib,
I'm afraid I don't quite understand what you are asking. What do you mean by an 'examination for competing'?
Best wishes,
Adam
The LearnEnglish Team

Cool.... and i like english!

hi teacher !
i am happy to learn
 

hi everybody i"m Malika and i am a new user of this site and i want to learn English as much as possible
 

hi,teacher
actually i dont unbderstand the lesson of the clauses ,phrase and senctence
can i have some exrcices for more understanding please
thank you

Hi Guys,
Does anyone know a method to download these lessons?

Hi Asanka,
What exactly do you want to download and what do you want to do with it? Do you want to read the grammar text on this page on a computer that isn't connected to the internet?
Best wishes,
Adam
The LearnEnglish Team

I m also facing problem n not getting proper way .we can see lot n lot things but not able to use it properly . I'm sad

Hello English Team,
Could you please tell me in which case we should use a modal perfect tense, especially in this example:
- A: Do you think she is coming to the party? She is very late.
- B: Yes, she is. She might have forgotten about it. Shall I call her to remind her?
Why don't B just say: ''Perhaps she forgot about it''
If so, are there any differences between them? People tend to use simple sentences right?
Thank you very much in advance
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