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 agie,

It's true that 'beholder' is not a common word, but that saying is actually fairly common, at least among native speakers. A similar, though not exactly the same, idea is expressed in 'to each their own' -- perhaps that could help you.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello dear team,
I was watching a series and it was a robbery scene. The man asked the bank manager: (get the safe open). Is there any difference between (open the safe, and get the safe open).
Thank you

Hi Hosseinpour,

In this context, I'd say there is no difference, I'd say. It really depends on the context; for example, 'get the safe open' could imply 'busting' the safe (i.e. forcing it open) whereas 'open the safe' could imply opening it the normal way with a combination or key.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Sir,
What's the difference between an intrastive verb and a stative verb ?
Can you help me understand the difference with one or two examples ?

Hello SonuKumar,

A transitive verb requires an object. You can read about them and see examples here.

An intransitive verb has no object. You can read about them and see examples here.

Some verbs can be both transitive and intransitive. These are called ergative verbs. You can read about them here.

 

Please remember that there is a search facility on the site. If you click on the magnifying glass icon at the top right of the page and search for 'transitive' then you will find these pages for yourself.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello,
I would like to ask about the following words
When we exercise there is the
inhale and exhale.These are the verbs
Inhalation and exhalation are the nouns. In this case,(the noun) it means the action? how can we explain it?
Thank you in advance

Hello agie,

'Inhalation' is the act of taking air into your lungs.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

I would like to ask which of the following is correct
I understand that you need more help with your reading and writing in French OR
I understand that you need more help with reading and writing in French
OR just
I understand that you need more help with reading and writing in French
Thank you in advance

Hi agie,

Both are correct and there's no difference in meaning.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello,
I would like to ask if the following is correct:
In maths, the more simple you keep it, the faster you will learn.
Thank you in advance

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