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consulted, the, do, that, to, they, what, advise, might, him. Nine, much, the, him, buying, blamed, not, they, for, and, purchase, commanded, to, him, at, price, remaining, whatever, the, three, had, they, were, to, be. Historians, the, woman, say, after, three, thus, volumes, selling, and, the, delivering, prophetic, king, contained, the, having, they, admonished, what, pay, to, attention, to, special, him, vanished, from, before, and, after, never, was, seen.


words To For M sent ENCEs (continued).

Supply such words as are necessary to make sense of the following exercises :—


Old, age, joyless, dreary, season, arrive, unimproved, corrupted, mind.

Old age will prove a joyless and dreary season, if we arrive at it with an unimproved or a corrupted mind.


1. No, errors, trivial, deserve, mended. 2. Work, dull, performance, capable, pleasing, neither, understanding, imagination. 3. When, Socrates, fell, victim, madness, truth, virtue, fell. 4. Gay, pleasing, sometimes, insidious, dangerous, companions. 5. Taste, useful, knowledge, provide, great, noble, entertainment, other, leave. 6. Anxious, votary, riches, negligent, pleasure. 7. Perseverance, laudable, pursuits, reward, toils, effects, calculation. 8. Changes, continually, place, men, manners, opinions, customs, private, public. 9. Religious, unjustly, romantic, visionary, unacquainted, world, unfit, live. 10. Talent, useful, success, business, puts, reach, accidents, quality, possessed, cool, temper, common, language, discretion. ll. Celebrated, relates, countryman, pass, river, loitering, banks, foolish, current, rapid, discharge. Stream, flowed, increased, torrents, mountains; must, for, ever, because, sources, derived, inexhaustible. Idle, irresolute, youth, books, wastes, play, precious, deferring, improvement, first, easy, accomplished, but, difficult, longer, neglected.

12. Few situations, terribly affecting, Brutus, father, judge, life and death, children, justice, condemn, nature, spare. Young men, nothing, themselves, conscious guilt, sentence, silence, agony. Other judges, pangs, nature, repress, pity. Brutus, lost, softness, countenance, tone, firm resolution, demanded, sons, defence, charged. Three, times, no answer, executioner, “Now, part, the rest.” Saying, resumed, air, determined, nor, sentiments, paternal, imploring, people, complaints, young, preparing, alter, tenor, resolution.


Make out a list of derivatives from the following primitive words, and then write a sentence, either quoted or original, containing each of them:—


Act, actor, actress, action, active, activity, actively, actual, actually, actuary, actuate, counteract, enact, exact, exactly, exactor, exactness, exaction, inaction, inactive, inactivity, overact, react, reaction, transact, transaction.

I scarcely know how to act in the matter. Like a dull actor now, I have forgot my part. Who is the most celebrated actress of the present day ? Both the body and the mind should be kept in action. The steward is an active man of business. Do not remit your activity. We are all actively employed. Every man is daily guilty of actual transgression. How often is old age actually arrived before we suspect it. The actuary of the court died very lately. Our passions too frequently actuate our conduct. Counteract the mischief by doing all the good you can. It is enacted in the laws of Venice. I now ea act the penalty. John was here earactly at the hour. Earactions and ea actors overspread the land. You have performed the task with great eractmess. I lie in a refreshing kind of inaction. Inactive youth will be followed by profitless old age. Virtue concealed is inactivity at best. You overact when you should underdo. The son reacts the father's crimes. The action and reaction are equal. My father transacted business in the office to-day. Give me a minute account of all your transactions.

ExERCISES. 1. Art. 5. Firm. 9. Mediate. 13. Note. 2. Cede. 6. Heir. 10. Migrate. 14. Part. 3. Claim. 7. Join. ll. Mission. 15. Pure. 4. Err. 8. Just. 12. Move. 16. Serve."


Make out a list of adjectives and verbs which may be used with the following nouns, and then write a sentence, either quoted or original, containing each of them :—


Man, brave, civil, contentious, deceitful, eminent, foolish, generous, humane, learned, natural, peculiar, notorious, virtuous; acquit, become, condemn, deny, involve, oppose, polish, quarrel, reason, sleep, vex, work.

A brave man fears no danger. The man at the gate was very civil. A contentious man is a disagreeable companion. We can place no confidence in a deceitful man. My agent is a very emiment man. Go from the presence of a foolish man. True charity makes men generous and humane. Our clergyman is a very learned man. The natural man receiveth not the things of the spirit. The man is notorious for his wickedness. There is something peculiar about the man. A virtuous man will shun even the appearance of evil. Acquit yourselves like men. I dare do all that may become a man. Condemn no man unheard. I deny that I am the man. Few men have been involved in greater diffi

* These exercises may be greatly increased in number, if the Pupil has any knowledge of Greek and Latin primitives. C

culties. Let us boldly oppose them, man to man. A man's manners are polished by intercourse with good society. It little becomes erring man to quarrel. Man reasons, brutes act from instinct. Man dies to us, but he only sleeps to God. Men ver themselves in vain. Nature in men capacious souls hath wrought.

ExERCISES. 1. Apple. 5. Elephant. 9. Manner. 13. Song. 2. Bread. 6. Face. 10. Night. 14. Way. 3. Change. 7. Habit. 11. Piety. 15. Word. 4. Death. 8. Law. 12. River. 16. Zeal."



Collect the synonymes of the following words, and write a sentence, either quoted or original, containing each of them:—


House, building, dome, edifice, fabric, pile, structure, abode, dwelling, habitation, mansion, residence, family.

Houses are built to live in, not to look on. This building was erected at great expense. Approach the dome, the social banquet share. The edifice was too large for them to fill. The oldest fabric in the neighbourhood is situated among these trees. The pile overlooked the town, and drew the sight. There stands a structure of majestic frame. But I know thy abode, and thy going out, and thy coming in. His dwelling is low in a valley green. He through their habitations walks, to mark their doings. He left his wife, his children, his mansion, and his titles. These ruins were once the residence of a king. The night made little impression on myself; but I cannot answer for my whole family.

* These exercises may be varied, by causing the Pupils to make out lists of nouns which may be used with verbs, adverbs which may be used with adjectives, &c.

ExERCISES. 1. Adorn. 5. Comfort. 9. King. 13. Sea. 2. Adversary. 6. Command. 10. Mock. 14. Stroke. 3. Billow. 7. Deceive. ll. Name. 15. Work. 4. Class. 8. Gallant. 12. Peasant. 16. Yoke,”


Vary the expression in the following sentences by changing the parts of speech:


1. Wisdom is better than riches. To be wise is better than to be rich. The wise are better than the rich.

2. Be humble in your whole behaviour. Always behave yourself humbly. Behave yourself with humility on all occasions.

\ ExERCISES. 1. Piety and virtue will make our whole life happy. 2. Modesty is one of the chief ornaments of youth. 3. The eager and presumptuous are continually disappointed. 4. Friendly sympathy heightens every joy. 5. Praise is pleasing to the mind of man. 6. To deceive the innocent is utterly disgraceful. 7. A family where the great Father of the universe is duly reverenced, where parents are honoured and obeyed, and where brothers and sisters dwell together in affection and harmony, is surely a most delightful and interesting spectacle. 8. The man who distributes his fortune with generosity and prudence, is amply repaid by the gratitude of those whom he obliges. 9. Men are too often ingenious in making themselves miserable, by aggravating to their own fancy the evils which they endure. They compare themselves with none but those whom they imagine

* With advanced Pupils, the synonymes may be arranged into common, poetical, technical, scientific, &c.

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