An Abridgement of Murray's Grammar: To which is Added a Set of Lessons, Containing Examples, Explanations, Rules, and Questions, Suited to the Several Parts of Speech and Forms of the English Language

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author, 1818 - English language - 144 pages

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Page 109 - PUNCTUATION is the art of dividing a written composition into sentences, or parts of sentences, by points or stops, for the purpose of marking the different pauses, which the sense and an accurate pronunciation require. The Comma represents the shortest pause ; the Semicolon, a pause double that of the comma ; the Colon, double that of the semicolon ; and the Period, double that of the colon.
Page 117 - The semicolon is sometimes used when the preceding member of the sentence does not of itself give a complete sense, but depends on the following clause ; and sometimes when the sense of that member would be complete without the concluding one...
Page 141 - It is a crime to put a Roman citizen in bonds ; it is the height of guilt to scourge him ; little less than parricide to put him to death : what name then shall I give to the act of crucifying him...
Page 31 - TO BE. Indicative Mood. PRESENT TENSE. SINGULAR. PLURAL. 1. I am. 1. We are. 2. Thou art. 2.
Page 47 - SYNTAX. THE third part of grammar is SYNTAX, which treats of the agreement and construction of words in a sentence. A sentence is an assemblage of words, forming a complete sense. Sentences are of two kinds, simple and compound. A simple sentence has in it but one subject, and one finite* verb: as, "Life is short.
Page 48 - A phrase is two or more words rightly put together, making sometimes part of a sentence, and sometimes a whole sentence. The principal parts of a simple sentence are the subject, the attribute, and the object. The subject is the thing chiefly spoken 'of; the attribute is the thing or action affirmed or denied of it; and the object is the thing affected by such action.
Page 15 - The simple word, or positive, becomes the comparative, by adding r or er; and the superlative,. by adding st or est, to the end of it: as, wise, wiser, wisest; great, greater, greatest. And the adverbs more and most, placed before the adjective* have the same effect: as, wise, more wise, most wise.
Page 11 - GENDER. Gender is the distinction of nouns, with regard to sex. There are three genders, the Masculine, the Feminine, and the Neuter.
Page 117 - COLON. THE Colon is used to divide a sentence into two or more parts, less connected than those which are separated by a semicolon ; but not so independent as separate distinct sentences.
Page 23 - There are five moods of verbs, the Indicative, the Imperative, the Potential, the Subjunctive, and the Infinitive. The Indicative Mood simply indicates or declares a thing; as, " He loves; he is loved:" or it asks a question; as, " Does he love? Is he loved?" The Imperative mood is used for commanding, exhorting, entreating, or permitting; as, " Depart thou; mind ye, let us stay; go in peace.

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