A short introduction to English grammar: with critical notes

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Printed for J. Dodsley, 1774 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 132 pages
 

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Page 33 - Of law there can be no less acknowledged than that her seat is the bosom of God ; her voice the harmony of the world. All things in heaven and earth do her homage ; the very least as feeling her care, and the greatest as not exempted from her power.
Page 92 - The subject is the thing chiefly spoken of; the attribute is the thing or action affirmed or denied of it ; and the object is the thing affected by such action.
Page 119 - They heard, and were abashed, and up they sprung Upon the wing, as when men wont to watch On duty, sleeping found by whom they dread, Rouse and bestir themselves ere well awake. Nor did they not perceive the evil plight In which they were, or the fierce pains not feel; Yet to their general's voice they soon obeyed Innumerable.
Page 120 - ... less apt to affect the sense of it, and to give it a new meaning ; and may still be considered as belonging to the verb, and as a part of it. As, to cast, is to throw; but to cast up, or to compute, an account, is quite a different thing : thus, to fall on, to bear out, to give over, &c.
Page 136 - Either how canst thou say to thy brother, Brother, let me pull out the mote that is in thine eye, when thou thyself beholdest not the beam that is in thine own eye ? Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brother's eye.
Page 13 - Grammar in general, or Universal Grammar, explains the Principles which are common to all languages. The Grammar of any particular Language, as the English Grammar, applies those common principles to that particular language, according to the established usage and custom of it.
Page 149 - The principle may be defective or faulty, but the consequences it produces are so good, that for the benefit of mankind, it ought not to be extinguished.
Page 146 - The paffion for praife, which is fo very vehement in the fair fex, produces excellent effects in women of fenfe.
Page 131 - If there be but one body of legislators, it is no better than a tyranny ; if there are only two, there will want a casting voice...
Page 26 - too careless an author. The indefinite article can be joined to substantives in the singular number only ; the definite article may be joined also to plurals. But there appears to be a remarkable exception to this rule, in the use of the adjectives few and many, (the latter chiefly with the word great before it,) which, though joined with plural substantives, yet admit of the singular article a ; as, a few men ; a great many men. The reason of it is manifest, from the effect which the article has...