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THE

ENGLISH LANGUAGE

ITS GRAMMAR, HISTORY, AND LITERATURE

WITH CHAPTERS ON

COMPOSITION, VERSIFICATION, PARAPHRASING,

AND PUNCTUATION

BY

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J: M. D. MEIKLEJOHN, M.A.
PROFESSOR OF THE THEORY, HISTORY, AND PRACTICE OF EDUCATION

IN THE UNIVERSITY OF ST. ANDREWS, SCOTLAND

D. C. HEATH & CO., PUBLISHERS
Boston, New YORK, AND Chicago

1887

Copyright, 1887,
By D. C. HEATH & Co.

PREFACE.

This book provides sufficient matter for the four years of study required, in England, of a pupil-teacher, and also for the first year at his training college. An experienced master will easily be able to guide his pupils in the selection of the proper parts for each year. The ten pages on the Grammar of Verse ought to be reserved for the fifth year of study.

It is hoped that the book will also be useful in Colleges, Ladies' Seminaries, High Schools, Academies, Preparatory and Normal Schools, to candidates for teachers' examinations and Civil Service examinations, and to all who wish for any reason to review the leading facts of the English Language and Literature.

Only the most salient features of the language have been described, and minor details have been left for the teacher to fill in. The utmost clearness and simplicity have been the aim of the writer, and he has been obliged to sacrifice many interesting details to this aim.

The study of English Grammar is becoming every day more and more historical — and necessarily so.

There are scores of inflections, usages, constructions, idioms, which cannot be truly or adequately explained without a reference

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