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ENGLISH GRAMMAR.

FOR USE IX

Schools and Colleges.

WITH NUMEROUS EXERCISES, SYSTEMATICALLY ARRANGED,

CONSISTING OF EXTRACTS FROM STANDARD AUTHORS.

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LONDON AND GLASGOW :
WILLIAM COLLINS, SONS, & COMPANY.

1878.

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PREFACE.

In constructing this Text-Book, the Author has endeavoured to secure the following objects :

1. Clearness and simplicity of definition. The importance of these things in any scientific text-book cannot be over-estimated, and in no subject are they more essential than in Grammar.

2. Fulness of information, combined with suitable brevity. The text-book is designed for use mainly in the Higher Classes of our Public and Private Schools, where the elements of Grammar may be supposed to have been acquired. Accordingly, fulness of information on all the essential points of English Grammar has been aimed at; while, at the same time, the brevity so necessary in every school-book has been kept steadily in view.

3. Exercises selected from classic authors. A large amount of any child's information is acquired in an incidental way. This is especially true as regards English Literature. The systematic study of this branch of education is scarcely possible in school. But this very fact renders it the more important that, in all text-books treating of English, the exercises should be well chosen, so as to familiarise the scholar with choice specimens of classic English. Great pains have been taken in this connection, and the author believes that, in no similar text-book will there be found so many elegant extracts from standard English writers. Apart from its grammatical value, the text-book has, the author hopes, a special literary value which will commend it to teachers of youth.

T. M.

GLASGOW, August 1878.

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