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USE OF SCHOOLS OF EVERY GRADE.
THOS. W. HARVEY, A. M.
WILSON, HINKLE & CO.,
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THE NEW YORK
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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1868, by
WILSON, HINKLE & CO., In the Clerk's office of the District Court of the United States, for the
Southern District of Ohio.
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In the preparation of this treatise, the ever-recurring wants and requirements of the class-room have been kept constantly in view. The aim of the author has been to make a practical textbook—a useful manual for the learner, not a reference book for the learned.
The whole plan of the work is in accordance with the educational doctrine that accuracy and facility in the use of language, both spoken and written, are the ends to be secured by the study of grammar: that to secure these ends, a thorough acquaintance with the elements, forms, structure, and laws of our mother tongue, is indispensable; and that a practical knowledge of these can be acquired only by patient, persistent exercise in thą analysis and synthesis of syllables, words, and sentences.
The author has endeavored to present the subject in a simple, concise, and perspicuous manner. He kas purosely avoided the discussion of mere theories; preferring rather, a plain didactic statement of his own views. Experience has taught him that such discussions serve only to confuse and discourage the beginner, and are of questionable utility to the advanced student. Neither the erudition of the teacher, nor the exhaustive completeness of the text-book used, can compensate for the lack of drill in the class-room.
The distinguishing features of this treatise, to which special attention is invited, are the following:
1. The methodical arrangement and logical development of the subjects discussed.