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 when we use the following prepositions;
I live on Main Street
I live at Main Street.
2. Which one of the following prepositions are correct in the following case:
Every day I go to school/ work. When I am at school/ work/ the university, I do a lot of work. In this case is the preposition at (school/ work etc) the correct one?
Thank you in advance

Hi anie2,

Could you please ask your question on a relevant page, e.g. prepositional phrases?

Thanks in advance.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello,
I would like to ask what is the difference between the following prepositions in this case:
I live on Main Street. I live at Main Street.
Let's meet on the Weekend? or at the Weekend?
Thank you in advance

I would like to ask which of the following is correct :

I speak fast or I speak quickly? fast or quickly is correct?
I speak slowly? slowly is the correct word?
Thank you in advance

Hello,
I would like to ask if the following is correct; If we write a letter or email.
1. If we answer an email that someone has sent to us, we say; thank you for your email or thank you for your letter?
2. Is it correct to use the following expression in an email:
Hello, how are you? I hope you are happy and healthy. The sentence I hope you are happy and healthy is it correct to use?
Thank you in advance

Hi anie2,

Could you please ask this question on a relevant page on LearnEnglish? For example, somewhere in our English for Emails section.

Thanks in advance.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

I would like to ask if the following is correct:
To shop something. To shop can be used as a verb?
In which cases? Can we say; we can go to the supermarket and shop?
Thank you in advance

Hello anie2,

We can use shop as a verb with the preposition for:

I went shopping for shoes this morning but I didn't find any.

 

I think the natural way to form your sentence would be '...to the supermarket and do some shopping'.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

When I sens this short message to someone - " Happy birthday " do I need to put full stop at the end, or do i have to use exclamation mark no punctuation at all.

regards

Hello dipakrgandhi,

Most of the time, an exclamation mark is used after this greeting: 'Happy birthday!'

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

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