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ADVANCED

GRAMMAR AND COMPOSITION

BY

E. ORAM LYTE, A.M., Ph.D.

PRINCIPAL FIRST PENNSYLVANIA STATE NORMAL SCHOOL,

MILLERSVILLE

NEW YORK :: CINCINNATI :: CHICAGO

AMERICAN BOOK COMPANY

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PREFACE

“ ADVANCED GRAMMAR AND COMPOSITION” is the third of a three-book series of text-books on the English language, designed for use in all grades of city schools and advanced country schools. As its title indicates, it is a higher English grammar for schools. It is intended to meet the requirements of high schools, normal schools, and academies.

English as it is used to-day by the best writers is the groundwork upon which the structure of the book is built. In this work the student is taught to look upon language as the expression of thought, and not merely as a number of groups of words derived from words in another tongue. Attention is invited to the following special features of the work :

1. The general plan of the work and the development of the subject in accordance with pedagogical principles.

2. The accuracy and simplicity of the definitions.

3. The treatment of sentences in both analysis and composition. The sentence is regarded as the unit of expression. The student is taught to separate it into its elements, and thus to obtain a clear idea of its structure. He is also taught to compose sentences for the purpose of expressing thought. The unit of thinking is a thought. In this work the sentence as the expression of a thought is made prominent in both grammar and composition.

4. The treatment of clauses, and especially abridged clauses, and the distinction between clauses and members.

5. The treatment of subordinate conjunctives, which simplifies and makes clear the structure of the complex sentence as the expression of a thought more or less involved.

6. The gradation and literary character of the sentences selected for analysis and parsing.

7. The forms of analysis and parsing, both oral and written. The oral forms are stripped of useless words, and are expressed in plain sentences, simply and correctly constructed. The written forms have been fully tested in the class room, and have been found to be clear, complete, and concise.

8. Classification of pronouns, conjunctive pronouns, etc.

9. The treatment of the objective case, of predicate nouns and adjectives, nouns used adverbially, etc.

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