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PRACTICAL ENGLISH GRAMMAR

FOR GRAMMAR SCHOOLS, UNGRADED SCHOOLS
ACADEMIES, AND THE LOWER GRADES

IN HIGH SCHOOLS

BY

MARY F. HYDE

AUTHOR OF “ PRACTICAL LESSONS IN THE USE OF ENGLISH

BOSTON, U.S.A.
D. C. HEATH & CO., PUBLISHERS

GRADIBUIR
PE
111
.H789

1578

COPYRIGHT, 1896,
BY MARY F. HYDE.

Plimpton Press
H. M. PLIMPTON & Co., PRINTERS & BINDERS,

NORWOOD, MASS., U.S.A.

BUHR / GRAD
Gift

03/15/2005

PREFACE.

THIS

*HIS book is designed for the higher grades in grammar schools, and

for those classes in high schools, academies, and ungraded schools, that require a brief, practical, progressive course in English grammar.

The aim of the work is not to teach the greatest possible number of facts about the English language, but to give the pupil a mastery of the fundamental grammatical principles as a means toward the right understanding and correct use of English.

The work does not consist of a mere statement of definitions and rules. Every principle is presented through the study of examples of good English, thus leading the pupil from the observation of particular facts to general conclusions, and aiding him to comprehend and appreciate good literature.

Abundant exercises for the application of the principles presented are given throughout the book. The pupil is required to construct sentences illustrating the principles studied, as well as to point out and explain the various forms and constructions found in sentences selected from standard writers.

The selection and arrangement of topics is adapted to give the pupil a clear and comprehensive view of the subject. Part First treats of the Parts of Speech, and emphasizes the fact, that it is not the form but the function of a word that determines the class to which it belongs.

Part Second takes up the Subdivisions of the Parts of Speech, and Inflection. Much practical work is given in connection with these topics. Special training is given upon words and forms commonly misused; choice selections of literature are introduced for study; and many practical exercises in composition are given.

Part Third treats of the grammatical relations of words in sentences. It illustrates the various constructions of the different parts of speech by numerous examples from standard literature.

Part Fourth treats of the structure and analysis of sentences. It gives clear and concise models for oral and written analysis, and contains a great abundance of carefully selected sentences for illustration and practice.

The work is at once simple and comprehensive, being elementary enough for pupils beginning the study of formal grammar, and comprehensive enough for the general student.

M. F. H.

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