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English Grammar, Adapted to the Different Classes of Learners
by Lindley Murray
Binding: Paperback, 212 pages
Publisher: BiblioLife
Weight: 0.44 pound
Dimension: H: 0.75 x L: 7.95 x W: 0.5 inches
ISBN 10: 1103011200
ISBN 13: 9781103011209
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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: The author of this work long doubted the propriety of assigning to English substantives an objective case: but a renewed, critical examination of the subject; an examination to which he was prompted by the extensive and increasing demand for the grammar, has produced in his mind a fufi persuasion, that the nouns of our language are entitled to this comprehensive objective case. When the tiling to which another is said to belong, is expressed by a circumlocution, or by many terms, the sign of the possessive case is commonly added to the last term: as, 'The king of Great Britain's dominions.' Sometimes, though rarely, two nouns in the possessive ease immediately succeed each other, in the following form: 'My friend's wife's sister;' asense which would be better expressed by saying, ' the sister of my friend's wife ;' or, ' my friend's sister in law.' Some grammarians say, that in each of the following phrases, viz. ' A book of my brother's,' 'A servant of the queen's ;' ' A soldier of the king's,' there are two genitive cases ; the first phrase implying, 'one of the books of my brother,' the next, 'one of tne servants of the queen;' and the last, ' one of the soldiers of the king.' But as the preposition governs the objective case; and as there are not, in each, of these sentences, two apostrophes with the letter s coming after them, we cannot with propriety say, that there are two genitive cases. . . Chapter iv. Of Adjectives. Section 1. Of the nature of Adjectives, and the degrees of comparison. 'AN Adjective is a word added to a substantive, to express its quality: as. ' An industrious man ;' ' A virtuous woman ;' ' A benevolent mind.' In English, the adjective is not varied on account of gender, number, or case. Thus we say, ' A careless boy; careless gir...

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