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abbreviation accepted accusative action adverb allowable American dictionaries applied avoid back-formation better called careful speaker century collo colloquial commonly condemned confusion conjunction construction correct correctly dative denote dependent clause dialect diction difference direct object discourse distinction distinguished English example expressions fact figurative sense followed formal gerund grammatical Guiding Principles idea idiom idiomatic illogical implies incorrect incorrectly indicate indirect infinitive kind language large number less logical loquial mean merely means primarily metaphor misused modern tendency modern usage never noun meaning obsolete one's oneself ordinary originally Oxford Dictionary passive past participle past tense person Pleonasm plural verb predicate preferable preposition preterit pronoun properly question rarely redundant relative clause seems seldom sentence singular noun singular verb slang sometimes sound speak speech subjunctive syllables things tion tive to-day transitive verb United verb meaning vulgar Weak verb Welsh rabbit wish word or phrase writers York Evening Post
Page 171 - I did not mean to say anything wrong ; but it is a nice book, and why should not I call it so?" "Very true," said Henry, "and this is a very nice day; and we are taking a very nice walk; and you are two very nice young ladies. Oh! it is a very nice word, indeed! it does for everything.
Page 56 - It is still the only word available to express the relation of a thing to many surrounding things severally and individually, among expressing a relation to them collectively and vaguely: we should not say 'the space lying among the three points,' or 'a treaty among three powers...
Page 208 - And only the Master shall praise us. and only the Master shall blame: And no one shall work for money. and no one shall work for fame. But each for the joy of the working. and each. in his separate star. Shall draw the Thing as he sees It for the God of Things as They Are!
Page 171 - Originally, perhaps, it was applied only to express neatness, propriety, delicacy, or refinement ; people were nice in their dress, in their sentiments, or their choice. But now every commendation on every subject is comprised in that one word.
Page 207 - ... volition," that which is to be made to happen through consent, desire, compulsion, or prophecy. To express simple futurity in direct discourse the auxiliary is conjugated: I shall we shall you will you will he will they will To express volition in direct discourse the forms are: I will we will you shall you shall he shall they shall In a question, use the form expected in the answer.^ If the question is as to what is going to happen (simple futurity) use the form which the person who replies...
Page 222 - whispers through the trees': If crystal streams 'with pleasing murmurs creep,' The reader's threaten'd (not in vain) with
Page 171 - But now really, do not you think Udolpho the nicest book in the world?" "The nicest; — by which I suppose you mean the neatest. That must depend upon the binding.
Page 219 - The formation of a participle passive from a noun is a licence that nothing but a very peculiar felicity can excuse. If mere 'convenience is to justify such attempts upon the idiom, you cannot stop till the language becomes, in the proper sense of the word, corrupt.
Page 211 - Of gladness, with an awful sense Of one mute Shadow watching all. We paused: the winds were in the beech: We heard them sweep the winter land; And in a circle hand-in-hand Sat silent, looking each at each. Then echo-like our voices rang; We sung, tho' every eye was dim, A merry song we sang with him Last year: impetuously we sang: We ceased: a gentler feeling crept Upon us: surely rest is meet: They rest,' we said, 'their sleep is sweet,' And silence follow'd, and we wept.