A Practical Grammar of the German Language

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Hilliard, Gray, Little, and Wilkins, 1828 - German language - 282 pages
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Page 199 - When the antecedents are of different persons, the first person is preferred to the second, and the second to the third ; as, "John, and thou, and I, are attached to our country.
Page 39 - Nouns, and have three degrees of comparison — the Positive, the Comparative, and the Superlative. The Comparative is formed by adding er to the positive ; thus, Great, greater ; Bad, bader ; Good, gooder.
Page 199 - SBruber itnb betne djwefter, fet)b ijeute emgetaben roorben, you, your brother, and your sister, have been invited to-day, eb, is the second person of the verb, on account of bu, the second personal pronoun, which takes the lead, in absence of the first. 3. The verb is put in the plural number, with a subject nominative of the singular, in titles of address: as, gure Srcellens fwben befohlen, your Excellency has ordered ; uere SOdjeftt gerufen, your Majesty is graciously pleased ; 3d...
Page 218 - I loathe. $ei|fen, to bid, to desire, occurs with the dative of the person, and the accusative of the thing...
Page 218 - The same is to be said of lefjren, to teach, which either is followed by two accusatives, one of the thing, and the other of the person ; or by the dative of the person, and the accusative of the thing. I think the latter more proper. 4. The dative expresses advantage, or disadvantage, and answers to the English prepositions, to...
Page 148 - I cannot deny but I am justly put in here; for I wanted money, and so to.ok a purse near Tarragona, to keep me from starving.
Page 252 - Siotb begangen, that one with the sword, (that is, he who has the sword), has committed the murder. It is not said, that the first has done it with the blue coat, or that the second has committed the murder with the sword: this would be a false construction. But, from the collocation of the words, it is to be understood, that the one, who wears a blue coat, is charged with a certain deed, and the other, who has a sword, has committed a murder. Therefore, if the preposition, with its case, is not...
Page 204 - ... to doubt, &c. For, when we beg, advise, exhort, apprehend, fear, wish, desire, that a thing be done, a degree of uncertainty exists, as to the event. On this ground, the subjunctive mood is employed, in German. This is farther manifest from the verb foQen, to say, and similar ones, as, antWOlten, to answer ; befyaupten, to maintain, &c.
Page 189 - Rule I. The adjective must agree with its substantive, in gender, number, and case. This rule applies not only to the adjective in its first, or positive, state, but also to the degrees of comparison. The substantive is sometimes understood, yet the agreement remains : for example, 3\ir <]ute SWatltt, imb ber.
Page 4 - He says nothing about 1 and u, but the diphthongal character of these sounds is not so easily recognizable. By 1820, then, the development of , 6, and doubtless of all four vowels, was complete in New England. Follen, 1831, says that the German e is " nearly like a in fate, yet closer, and without the sound of an e which is slightly heard at the end of long a in English.

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