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Essentials of English Grammar (1877) (Classic Reprint) (Paperback)

By: William Dwight Whitney


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PREFACE. IN preparing the present work, my intention has been to make it fulfil strictly the promise of its title. I have endeavored to put before the learner those matters which are of most essential consequence to him, those which will best serve him as preparation for further and deeper knowledge of his own language, for the study of other languages, and for that of language in general. That the leading object of the study of English grammar is to teach the correct use of English is, in my view, an error, and one which is gradually becoming removed, giving way to the sounder opinion that grammar is the reflective study of language, for a variety of purposes, of which correctness in writing is only one, and a secondary or subordinate one -by no means unimportant, but best attained when sought indirectly. It should be a pervading element in the whole school and home training of the young, to make them use their own tongue with accuracy and force; and, along with any

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TABLE OF CONTENTS; The references are to paragraphs; CHAPTER 1 - LANGUAGE AND GRAMMAR, 1- 15 (pp 1-5); English language, its name and origin, 1-3 ; mixture of material in it, 4; its; spread, 5; variety in time, 6; changes, 7; Anglo-Saxon, 8; local peculiarities,; dialects, 9 ; good and bad English, 10 ; English g!ammar, 11 ; office of grammar,; study of grammar, 12- 5; CHAPTER II -THE SENTENCE; THE PARTS OF SPEECH, 16-55; (pp6-23); Various kinds and uses of words, 16 - 8 ; parts of speech, 19 ; sentence, 20 -1 ; kinds; of sentence, 22; kinds of words forming a sentence, 23; parts of the sentence,; subject and predicate, 24 -7; verb, 28 -9; bare and complete predicate, 30 ; noun,; 31- 2 : pronoun, 33 - 4; substantive words, 35 ; independent parts of speech, 36 ;; adjective, 37 - 9; predicate adjective or noun, 40; adverb, 41- 2; qualifying; and connecting parts of speech, 43 ; prepOSition, 44 - 6 ; conjunction, 47 - 8; classific



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