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Examples adapted to the Remarks under Rule II.

Despise not any condition, lest it happens to be your own.

Let him that is sanguine, take heed lest he miscarries.

Take care that thou breakest not any of the established rules.

If he does but intimate his desire, it will be sufficient to produce obedience.

At the time of his. return, if he is but expert in the business, he will find employment.

If he do but speak to display his abilities, he is un. worthy of attention.

If he be but in health, I am content.

If he does promise, he will certainly perform.

Though he do praise her, it is only for her beauty.

If thou dost not forgive, perhaps thou wilt not be forgiven.

If thou do sincerely believe the truths of religion, act accordingly.

. His confused behaviour made it reasonable to suppose that he were guilty.

He is so conscious of deserving the rebuke, that he dare not make any reply.

His apology was so plausible, that many befriended him, and thought he were innocent.

If one man prefer a life of industry, it is because he has an idea of comfort in wealth; if another prefers a life of gayety, it is from a like idea concerning pleasure.

No one engages in that business, unless he aim at reputation, or hopes for some singular advantage.

Though the design be laudable, and is favorable to our interest, it will involve much anxiety and labor.

If thou have promised, be faithful to thy engagement.

Though he have proved his right to submission, he is too generous to exact it.

Unless he have improved, he is unfit for the office.

If thou had succeeded, perhaps thou wouldst not be the happier for it.

Unless thou shall see the propriety of the measure, we shall not desire thy support.

Though thou will not acknowledge, thou canst not deny the fact.

If thou gave liberally, thou wilt receive a liberal reward.

Though thou did injure him, he harbours no resent ment.

It would be well, if the report was only the misrepresentation of her enemies.

Was he ever so great and opulent, this conduct would debase him.

Was I to enumerate all her virtues, it would look like flattery.

Though I was perfect, yet would I not presume.

If thou may share in his labors, be thankful, and do it cheerfully.

Unless thou can fairly support the cause, give it up honorably.

Though thou might have foreseen the danger, thou couldst not have avoided it.

If thou could convince him, he would not act accordingly.

If thou would improve in knowledge, be diligent.

Unless thou should make a timely retreat, the danger will be unavoidable.

I have labored and wearied myself, that thou may be at ease.

He enlarged on those dangers, that thou should avoid them.

Neither the cold or the fervid, but characters uniformly warm, are formed for friendship.

They are both praiseworthy, and one is equally doserving as the other.

He is not as diligent and learned as his brother.

I will present it to him myself, or direct it to be given to him.

Neither despise or oppose what you do not understand.

The house is not as commodious as we expected k would be.

I must, however, be so candid to own I have been mistaken.

There was something so amiable, and yet so piercing in his look, as affected me at once with love and terror.

-' I gain'd a son;

And such a son, as all men hail'd me happy.'

The dog in the manger would not eat the hay himself, nor suffer the ox to eat it.

As far as I am able to judge, the book is well written.

We should faithfully perform the trust committed to us, or ingenuously relinquish the charge.

He is not as eminent, and as much esteemed, as he thinks himself to be.

The work is a dull performance ; and is neither capable of pleasing the understanding, or the imagination.

There is no condition so secure, as cannot admit of change.

This is an event, which nobody presumes upon, or is so sanguine to hope for.

We are generally pleased with any little accomplishments of body or mind.

Be ready to succour such persons who need your assistance.

The matter was soon proposed, but he privately withdrew to consider it.

He has too much sense and prudence than to become a dupe to such artifices.

It is not sufficient that our conduct, as far as it respects others, appears to be unexceptionable.

The resolution was not the less fixed, that the secret was yet communicated to very few.

He opposed the most remarkable corruptions of the church of Rome, so as that his doctrines were embraced by great numbers.

He gained nothing further by his speech, but only to be commended for his eloquence.

He has little more of the scholar besides the name.

He has little of the scholar than the name.

They had no sooner risen, but they applied themselves to their studies.

From no other institution, besides the admirable one of juries, could so great a benefit be expected.

Those savage people seemed to have no other element but war.

Such men that act treacherously, ought to be avoided.

Germany ran the same risk as Italy had done.

No errors are so trivial, but they deserve to be corrected.


To avoid disagreeable repetitions, and to express our ideas in few words, an ellipsis, or omission of some words, is frequently admitted. But when the omission of words would obscure the sentence, weaken its force, or be attended with an impropriety, they must be expressed.

Almost all compounded sentences are more or less elliptical ; some examples of which may be seen under the different parts of speech.

1. The ellipsis of the article is thus used: 'A man, woman, and child;' that is, 'a man, a woman, and a child.' 'A house and garden;' that is, 'a house and a gTiyJoii.' 'The sun and moon;' that is, 'the sun and the moon.' 'The day and hour;' that is, 'the day and the hour.' In all these instances, the article being once expressed, the repetition of it becomes unnecessary. There is, however, an exception to this observation, when some peculiar emphasis requires a repetition; as in the following sentence: 'Not only the year, but the day and the hour.' In this case, the ellipsis of the last article would be improper. When a different form of the article is requisite, the article is also properly repeated: as, 'a house, and an orchard;' instead of, 'a house and orchard.'

2. The noun is frequently omitted in the following manner. 'The laws of God and man ;' that is, 'the laws of God and the laws of man.' In some very emphatical expressions, the ellipsis should not be used : as, 'Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God;' which is more emphatical than, 'Christ the power and wisdom of God,'

3. The ellipsis of the adjective is used in the following manner, 'A delightful garden and orchard;' that is, 'a delightful garden and a delightful orchard.' 'A little man and woman ; that is, ' a little man and a little woman.' In such elliptical expressions as these, the adjective ought to have exactly the same signification, and to be quite as proper, when joined to the latter substantive as the former; otherwise the ellipsis should not be admitted.

Sometimes the ellipsis is improperly applied to nouns of different numbers: as, 'A magnificent house and gardens.' In this case it is better to use another adjective: as, ' a magnificent house and fine gardens.'

4. The following is the ellipsis of the pronoun. 'I love and fear him :' that is, ' I love him, and I fear him.? 'My house and lands ;' that is, ' my house and my lands.. In these instances the ellipsis may take place with propriety ; but if we would be more express and emphatical, it must not be used: as, 'His friends and his foes.' 'My sons and my daughters.'

In some of the common forms of speech, the relative pronoun is usually omitted: as, 'This is the man they love;' instead of, 'this is the man whom they love.' 'These are the goods they bought;' for, 'these are the goods which thev bought.'

In complex sentences, it is much better to have the relative pronoun expressed : as it is more proper to say, 'The posture in which I lay,' than, 'In the posture I lay:' 'The horse on which I rode, fell down;' than, 'The horse I rode, fell down.'

The antecedent and the relative connect the parts of a sentence together ; and, to prevent obscurity and confusion, they should answer to each other with great exactness. 'We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen.' Here the ellipsis is manifestly improper, and ought to be supplied : as, 'We speak that which wo do know, and testify that which we have seen.'

5. The ellipsis of the verb is used in the following instances. -' The man was old and crafty ;' that is, 'the man was old, and the man was crafty.' 'She was young, and beautiful, and good;' that is, 'she was

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