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plete the sentence in like manner by supplying the part which is understood, the case of the latter noun will be determined; thus, Plato observes that God geometrizes, and the same thing was observed by a wiser man THAN he, that is, than he was. It was well observed by Plato, but more elegantly by Solomon THAN him, that is, than by him.” Some conjunctions have certain corresponding ones which must always follow them, as, 1. THough, although . . . . YET, nevertheless, as, “Though he was rich, yet for our sakes he became poor.” 2. WHETHER . . . . or ; as, whether he will go or not I cannot tell. 3. EITHER . . . . OR; as, I will EITHER send it or bring it. 4. NEITHER . . . NoR; as, NEITHER he Nor I can accomplish it. It is a fault to confound these, and use or, as the following conjunction to neither. 5. As . . . . As; expressing a comparison of equality, as, she is As amiable As her sister. A vulgar redundance has crept into common parlance occasionally, and equally as, is used instead of as; but equally is an adverb; and an adverb stands only with a verb or an adjective; therefore if equally be used, the sentence must be so turned as to let the adverb modify the adjective, as, she and her sister are EQUALLY amiable. 6. As . . . . so; expressing a comparison of resemblance; “As the stars so shall they be.” And it shall be As with the people so with the priest, &c. As the one dieth so dieth the other. Sometimes they are reversed, as, Vesuvius ts not so high. As AEtna. 7. So . . . . THAT, expressing a consequence, as, he was so offended THAT he left the room. When the verb is compounded with an auxiliary, the conjunction and usually causes the omission of all but the participle in the second verb, as, I have been AND ToLD him, instead of I have been and I have told him.

* Lowth's Grammar, p. 180.

9. Interjection.

Interjections are not commonly supposed to have any government, nevertheless we always find an accusative after ah and oh, as, ah ME! what do I hear? probably therefore the preposition for is understood, i.e., ah for me! as it is always expressly written after alas, as, alas for my children I alas for thee!

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