Constructive English: Derivation, Spelling, Pronunciation, Grammar, Usage, Capitalization, Punctuation, and Letter Writing, with Exercises
Ginn, 1923 - English language - 458 pages
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action adjective adverb antecedent asked avoided begin BIBLE called capital clause colloquial comma compound condition correct Dear denote direct emphasis English essential example Exercise expressed fall father Faulty figures five formal future gerund girl give Greek half hundred indefinite indicative indirect infinitive interrogative John kind known language Latin less letter lived look marks means modify never nominative nonessential NOTE noun object omitted participle past perfect person or thing phrase plural position possessive predicate preposition present pronoun proper question quotation refers relative pronoun sense sent sentence singular sometimes speak stand style subjunctive subordinate tell tense third Thou thought thousand usually verb voice wait wish woman words writing
Page 377 - And the Raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door; And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon's that is dreaming, And the lamp-light o'er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor: And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor Shall be lifted — nevermore...
Page iii - Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man. And therefore, if a man write little, he had need have a great memory; if he confer little, he had need have a present wit; and if he read little, he had need have much cunning, to seem to know that he doth not.
Page 325 - I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves, I would do it; and if I could do it by freeing some and leaving others alone, I would also do that. What I do about slavery and the colored race, I do because I believe it helps to save the Union; and what I forbear, I forbear because I do not believe it would help to save the Union.
Page 170 - I was an hungered and ye gave me no meat ; I was thirsty and ye gave me no drink ; I was a stranger and ye took me not in ; naked and ye clothed me not ; sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
Page 148 - When I came to my castle (for so I think I called it ever after this), I fled into it like one pursued...
Page 169 - And he went on his journeys from the south even to Bethel, unto the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Bethel and...
Page 307 - Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow; and much people of the city was with her. "And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, 'Weep not.
Page 170 - No man resolved to make the most of himself can spare time for personal contention. Still less can he afford to take all the consequences, including die vitiating of his temper and the loss of self-control. Yield larger things to which you can show no more than equal right; and yield lesser ones though clearly your own. Better give your path to a dog than be bitten by him in contesting for the right. Even killing the dog would not cure the bite.
Page 169 - And Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen ; for we be brethren. Is not the whole land before thee ? separate thyself, I pray thee, from me : if thou wilt take the left hand, then I will go to the right; or if thou depart to the right hand, then I will go to the left.
Page 165 - Style is the dress of thoughts ; and let them be ever so just, if your style is homely, coarse, and vulgar, they will appear to as much disadvantage, and be as ill received as your person, though ever so well proportioned, would, if dressed in rags, dirt, and tatters. It is not every understanding that can judge of matter...