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AND ADAPTED TO THE PRESENT MODE OF INSTRUCTION Ut
BY ENOCH POND
PUBLISHED BY DORR, HOWLAND, AND 00.
District Of Massachusetts, to wit:
District Clerk's Office Be It Remembered, that on the fourteenth day of January, A. D. 1829, in the fifty-third year of the Independence of the United States Of America, Dorr and Rowland of the said district, have deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof they claim as proprietors, in the words following, to wit: "Murray's System of English Grammar. Improved and adapted to the present mode of instruction in this branch of science. Larger Arrangement. By Enoch Pond."
In conformity to the act of the Congress of the United States, entitled, "An act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned," and also to an act entitled " An act supplementary to an act, entitled, an act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts and books to the authors and proprietors of such copies during the times therein mentioned, and extending the benefits thereof to the arts ef designing, engraving and etching historical and other prints."
JNO. W. DAVIS, \ Clerk of the District of
Two years ago, the Compiler published an epitome of grammar, designed particularly for those who are commencing the study in common English Schools. It was intended to "contain all that would be necessary, with the assistance of an Instructed in order to parse English with propriety—and no more." Accordingly it embraced little more than general principles, excluding for the most part those explanations and critical remarks, which are absolutely necessary for the accomplished grammarian. The work, thus far, is supposed to have answered the end for which it was designed, and has shared, to a flattering extent, the approbation and patronage of the public. The arrangement has been thought, by good judges, to present peculiar facilities to the learner, and to be specially fitted for the use of classes in co*nmon schools.
It has occurred to the Compiler, since the publication of that little work, that a much larger one might be prepared, on the same general plan, and that the benefits of the arrangement there introduced might in this way be extended. This suggestion has given rise to the following pages. The work here presented to the public embraces the previous one entire, with its Lessons, Questions, and Illustrations. Immediately following most of the Lessons will be found, in smaller type, what is called a Review, containing such remarks, explanations, and examples, as were thought necessary to exhibit the subject to advantage. This part the scholar is expected to omit, until, having made some proficiency in parsing, his grammar is more thoroughly reviewed. Questions are for the most part appended, not only to the Lessons, but to the Review.
Immediately following the Rules and their explanations, are Exercises in false Syntax. These are thought to be an important part of the system, and it is earnestly recommended that every scholar be required to correct them. Perhaps the most eligible mode of doing this will be to take the Exercises as lessons in parsing.
That part of the work which succeeds to the Exercises, should be carefully studied when the grammar is reviewed. This may not be necessary in order to correct syntactical parsing, but it is necessary to a proper understanding of the general principles of language.
I call this work a compilation, because, to a very considerable extent, it is so. The greater part of it is extracted from the different publications of Mr. Murray. In selecting, arranging, and sometimes altering, I have exercised my own judgement, and much that is original will be found. It is believed that the work, wherever introduced, will not only answer every purpose which could be answered by Murray's larger abridgement— but supplies some defects which attach to that work—