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English Grammar (American Linguistics, 1700-1900)
by Lindley Murray
Binding: Hardcover, Facsimile edition, 312 pages
Publisher: Scholars Facsimilies & Reprint
Weight: 1.15 pound
Dimension: H: 1.1 x L: 8.5 x W: 5.6 inches
ISBN 10: 0820113697
ISBN 13: 9780820113692
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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: them out, and to show how far their signification extends ; as, a garden, an eagle, the woman. In English, there are but two articles, a and the: a becomes an before a vowel, and before a silent h ; as, an acorn, an hour. But if the h he sounded, the a only is to be used ; as, a hand, a heart, a highway. The inattention of writers and printers to this necessary distinction, has occasioned the frequent use of aw before h, when it is to be pronounced ; and this circumstance, more than any other, has probably contributed to that indistinct utterance, or total omission, of the sound signified by this letter, which very often occurs amongst readers and speakers. An horse, an husband, an herald, an heathen, and many similar associations, are frequently to be found in works of taste and merit. To remedy this evil, readers should be taught to omit, in all similar cases, the sound of the n, and to give the h its full pronunciation. A or an is styled the indefinite article : it is used in a vague sense, to point out one single thing of the kind, in other respects indeterminate: as, ' Give me a book ;' ' Bring me an apple.' The is called the definite article ; because it ascertains what particular thing or things are meant: as, ' Give me the book;' ' Bring me the apples;' meaning some book, or apples, referred to. A substantive without any article to limit it, is generally taken in its widest sense : as, 'A candid temper is proper for man;' that is, for all mankind. The peculiar use and importance of the articles will be seen in the following examples ; ' The son of a king the son of the king a son of the king.' Each of these three phrases has an entirely different meaning, through the different application of the articles a and the. ' Thou art a man,' is a very general...

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