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OF THE

GRAMMATICAL STRUCTURE

OF THE

ENGLISH LANGUAGE;

BEING AN ATTEMPT TO FURNISHI

AN IMPROVED METHOD OF TEACHING
GRAMMAR.

FOR THE USE OF SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES.

BY

JOHN MULLIGAN, A. M.

NEW YORK:

D. APPLETON AND COMPANY,

346 & 848 BROADWAY.

M.DCCC.LVII.

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ENTERED, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1858, by

JOHN MULLIGAN, A. M.

In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the Southern District of New-York.

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PREFACE.

IN the following treatise, we have adopted a plan of arrangement entirely different from that of preceding grammarians; and we trust that, to all judicious teachers, this innovation will appear an improvement. We commence by calling the attention of the student to the purposes served by language, the facts which render grammatical contrivances necessary in language, to the formation of propositions to convey our thoughts;-all subjects useful and important, independent of the design with which we introduce them. Our statements in reference to these points can be readily comprehended by every student, of average capacity and average application. Having thus established a mutual understanding with the student, as regards the nature of our subject and the purposes which we have in view, we endeavor to maintain this common understanding, and a rational acquiescence in the correctness of our deductions unimpaired through the whole treatise, by carefully guarding against taking any step in advance which he cannot readily follow. We thus hope to secure through the whole course, a clear perception of the practical utility of what is already explained, and adequate preparation (if not awakened desire) for the further prosecution of the inquiry. By pursuing this method, the student will feel conscious at every step that he has made sensible progress in the acquisition of a knowledge

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