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AN

ELEMENTARY

ENGLISH GRAMMAR,

CONSISTING OF

ONE HUNDRED PRACTICAL LESSONS,

CAREFULLY GRADED AND ADAPTED TO THE CLASS-ROOM.

BY

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ALONZO REED, A.M.,
FORMERLY INSTRUCTOR IN ENGLISH GRAMMAR IN THE POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE,

BROOKLYN,

AND
BRAINERD KELLONG, LLC
PROFESSOR OF THE ENGLISII

AND LITERATURE IN THE
POLYTECHNIC LOSTITUSE,

WITKE

REVISED

YORK:

MAYNARDO MERRTELE

MAYNARD, MERRILL, & Co., PUBLISHERS,

43, 45 & 47 East TENTI ST.

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A COMPLETE COURSE

IN THE

STUDY OF ENGLISH.

Spelling; Language, Grammar, Composition, Literature.

The Best and the Cheapest.

Word-Lessons: A Complete Speller.-Adapted for use in the

Higher Primary, Intermediate, and Grammar Grades. Designed to teach the correct Spelling, Pronunciation, and Use of such words only as are most common in current literature, and as are most likely to be Misspelled, Mispronounced or Misused, and to awaken new interest in the study of Synonyms and of WordAnalysis. By ALONZO REED, A.M., joint author of “ Graded Lessons in English and “ Higher Lessons in English.” 188 pages, 12mo.

Graded Lessons in English. — AN ELEMENTARY ENGLISH

GRAMMAR, consisting of One Hundred Practical Lessons, carefully graded and adapted to the class room. 200 pages, 16mo.

Higher Lessons in English. – A WORK ON ENGLISH

GRAMMAR AND COMPOSITION, in which the science of the Language is made tributary to the art of expression. A conrse of Practical Lessons, carefully graded, and adapted to every-day use in the school-room. 316 pages, 16mo.

Graded Lessons in English and Higher Lessons in English completely cover the ground of Grammar and Composition, from the time the pupil usually begins the sludy until it is finished in the High School or Academy. A Text-Book on Rhetoric. - Supplementing the development

of the Science with exhaustive practice in composition. A course of Practical Lessons adapted for use in High Schools and Academies, and in the Lower Classes of Colleges. By BRAINERD KELLOGG, A.M., Professor of the English Language and Literature in the Brooklyn Collegiate and Polytechnic Institute, and one of the authors of Reed & Kellogg's “Graded Lessons in English” and “Higher Lessons in English.” 275 pages, 12mo.

A Text-Book on English Literature. With copious Extracts

from the leading authors, English and American. With full instructions as to the method in which these are to be studied. Adapted for use in Colleges, High Schools, Academies, etc. By BRAINERD KELLOGG, A.M., author of “A Text. Book on Rhetoric," and one of the authors of Reed & Kellogg's “Graded Lessons in English" and “Higher Lessons in English." 12mo, 484 pages.

Copyright, 1889, by ALONZO REED and BRAINERD KELLOGG.

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On a single point, at least, all English grammarians are united. They hold that, by the study of grammar, the pupil should acquire the art of using the English language with propriety. A study of the science that does not issue in this, all agree, fails of its proper end.

They diverge only when they set forth the means to this end. The greater number bewilder the pupil with prolix discussions, and vex him with obscure definitions and numberless rules with their suicidal exceptions. They load his memory with technicalities and appall him with authorities and dull his understanding with endless routine parsing and analysis. With them, grammar is a science, or it is nothing. This the pupil finds to his cost ; but it scarcely dawns upon him that grammar is intended to aid him in communicating his thoughts by tongue and by pen.

In reaction from this extreme, many have sprung to the other. To these, grammar hardly seems to be a science at all; there are few principles in it that challenge serious attention; it demands no definitions that even approach exactness ; everything may be loose in treatment and in statement, if only grammar may be made easy, “practical,” and “popular.” This reaction is just now at its flood. There

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