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and barrenness, to which it has been hitherto, perhaps not unjustly, subjected, and converted into a study at once interesting and highly profitable: profitable, not only on account of the valuable knowledge directly acquired, but, also, on account of the thorough training of the powers of thought and the faculty of accurately communicating the products of thought, which the study, pursued in the method here presented, will secure.
All the matter of the larger treatise most important to the youthful student is retained in this abridgment, whilst the arguments by which the author has defended his innovations, and most of the more abstruse speculations in grammar and philology are necessarily suppressed. This is of less importance, as every teacher who adopts the author's system will likely procure the larger treatise, to which reference is made in the abridgment in all cases where farther explanation might be demanded.
Much labor has been expended in adapting the book to the convenience both of instructors and scholars. For this purpose a course of questions is placed at the foot of the page, and the place in the text where the answers are to be found is indicated by numbers corresponding to the numbers of the questions. A course of exercises, such as appears to the author best adapted to improve the pupil, is also suggested at the close of each subject.
The teacher will notice that the treatise is so arranged that, by omitting the questions included in brackets, a compendious course of instruction can be given in the prominent principles of grammatical structure. Such a first course is recommended in the case of those who have not already acquired some knowledge of grammar.
2. The parts of an Assertive Proposition,
Manner in which the parts of Propositions-Subject, Predicate, and Copula, are
Occasional suppression of Subject and Predicate,
8. Analysis of Propositions consisting of two words,
The Assertive word claims the attention first in analysis,
Exercises in Analysis,
Words which indicate assertion are called verbs. Origin and meaning of this
Directions as to the manner of exercising the pupil in analysis,
14. Use of the different Persons,
41. Compound Tenses formed with the verb Have,
MODIFICATION OF THE SUBJECT AND PREDICATE BY NOUNS.
49. Remarks on Modification by complementary words,
Accessory of Direction towards a Place, and from a Place,
Accessory of Effect. Accessory of Inference,
Compound Proposition with Accessory of Reference,
Infinitive with Accusative before it,
102. Additional Rules of Concord, having reference to Connected Co-ordinate Proposi-