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The Grammar of English Grammars

The Grammar of English Grammars

Author: Goold Brown

Publisher: Forgotten Books

ISBN: 133391458X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 1102

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Excerpt from The Grammar of English Grammars: With an Introduction Historical and Critical; The Whole Methodically Arranged and Amply Illustrated After about fifteen years devoted chie y to grammatical studies and exercises, during most of which time I had been alternately instructing youth in four different languages, thinking it practicable to effect some improvement upon the manuals which explain our own, I pre pared and published, for the use of schools, a duodecimo volume Of about three hundred pages; which, upon the presumption that its principles were conformable to the best usage, and well established thereby, I entitled, The Institutes Of English Grammar. Of this Work, which, it is believed, has' been gradually gaining in reputation and demand ever since its first publication, there is no occasion to say more here, than that it was the result of diligent study, and that it is, essentially, the nucleus, or the groundwork, of the present Volume. With much additional labour, the principles contained in the Institutes of English Gram mar, have here been not only reaffirmed and rewritten, but Occasionally improved in ex pression, or amplified in their details. New topics, new definitions, new rules, have also been added; and all parts of the subject have been illustrated by a multiplicity Of new examples and exercises, which it has required a long time to amass and arrange. To the main doctrines, also, are here subjoined many new Observations and criticisms, which are the results Of no inconsiderable reading and re ection. Regarding it as my business and calling, to work out the above-mentioned purpose as circumstances might permit, I have laid no claim to genius, none to infallibility; but I have endeavoured to be accurate, and aspired to be useful; and it is a part of my plan, that the reader of this volume shall never, through my fault, be left in doubt as to the origin Of any thing it contains. It is but the duty of an author, to give every needful facility for a fair estimate of his work; and, Whatever authority there may be for anonymous Oopying in works on grammar, the precedent is always had. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works."