Practical Lessons in English Grammar and Composition

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Macmillan, 1911 - 376 pages
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Contents

Imperative Sentences
12
Exclamatory Sentences
13
Picture Study and Sentence Writing
15
Parts of Speech Nouns
16
Common and Proper Nouns
18
Pronouns
20
Modifiers
22
Adjectives
23
The Articles
25
Picture Study and Grammar
26
Selecting and Classifying Words
27
Verbs
28
Verbphrases
29
Transitive and Intransitive Verbs
30
Verbs used Transitively or Intransitively
32
Active and Passive Forms
33
Complements
34
How to Tell Complements
35
Predicate Adjectives
36
Predicate Nouns
37
Simple Subject and Simple Predicate
38
Correcting Common Errors
39
Contractions
40
Interjections
41
Different Uses of the Same Word
42
Adverbs
43
Adverbs modifying Adjectives and Adverbs
44
Compound Predicates
45
Contracted Sentences
46
Adjective Phrases
47
Adverbial Phrases
48
Clauses
49
Principal and Subordinate Clauses
50
Compound Sentences
51
Complex Sentences
52
Adjective Clauses
53
Adverbial Clauses
54
Noun Clauses
55
Noun Clauses Continued
56
Direct Quotations
57
Indirect Quotations
58
Elliptical Sentences PAGE 46 47 48 50 52 54 55
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Stories to be Retold
71
Practice in Narration
72
Descriptions
73
Description of Pictures
74
Picture Studies
75
A Safe Investment
76
Exposition
77
Studies in Literature Golden Glories
78
Scythe Song
79
Gems from Shakespeare
80
Columbus
81
Letter Writing
82
The Parts of a Letter
83
Model Forms
84
The Superscription
85
Notes Formal and Informal
86
Business Letters
87
Letters of Application
88
Telegrams
89
Special Classes of Nouns Abstract Nouns
90
PART TWO
91
Introduction 61 Familiar Experiences
92
How to Use the Dictionary
93
Irregular Plurals
94
More about Plurals
95
Correct Pronunciation
96
Synonyms and Antonyms
97
Word Building
98
Exclamatory Nominative
99
The Paragraph
100
Special Rules for Forming Possessives
101
The Topic Sentence
102
The Indirect Object
103
The Adverbial Objective
104
Making an Outline
105
Narration
106
Uses of the Objective Case
107
How to Tell a Story
108
How to Parse Nouns
109
Personal Pronouns
110
Declension
111
Antecedents
112
It Introductory
113
Compound Personal Pronouns
114
Agreement of Pronouns
115
Special Rules of Gender
116
Common Errors in the Use of Personal Pronouns
117
Interrogative Pronouns
118
Relative Pronouns
119
Uses of Relative Pronouns
120
Omission of the Relative Pronoun
121
Comparison of Adjectives I
132
Limiting Adjectives
133
Special Uses of Adjectives
134
Substitutes for Adjectives
135
How to Parse Adjectives
136
Nouns and Adjectives in Word Pictures
137
Inflection of the Verb
138
Active and Passive Voice
139
Mode of Verbs
140
Tense of Verbs
141
Person and Number of Verbs
142
Verbals
143
Infinitives
144
Infinitives as Modifiers
145
Participles
146
Gerunds or Verbal Nouns
147
Infinitives and Gerunds
148
A Summary of Phrases
149
Practice in Parsing
150
The Principal Parts of Verbs
151
Forming the Past Tense
152
Irregular Weak Verbs
153
Inflection of the Simple Tenses
154
Complete Tenses
155
Conjugation of the Active Voice
156
Conjugation of the Verb Be
157
Review Exercises
158
Passive Verbphrases
159
Progressive Verbphrases
160
Emphatic Forms
161
Special Rules for Agreement of Verbs
162
Common Mistakes in the Use of Verbs I
165
Defective Verbs
166
PAGE
167
How to Parse Verbs and Verbals
168
Adverbs classified according to Meaning
169
Adverbs classified according to
170
Relative Adverbs
171
Comparison of Adverbs
172
Common Mistakes in the Use of Adjectives and Adverbs
173
How to Parse Adverbs
174
Uses of Prepositional Phrases
175
Common Mistakes in the Use of Prepositions
176
Coördinate Conjunctions
177
Subordinate Conjunctions
178
The Meaning of Subordinate Clauses
179
Subordinate Clauses Classified
180
The Nominative Absolute
181
Subject of the Infinitive
182
Review of Infinitives
183
Nouns and Pronouns after To
184
Words that Need Watching
185
PAGE
205
Miscellaneous Exercises for Analysis and Parsing
279
Increasing our Vocabulary 187 Words often Misused
299
LESSON PAGE 188 A Study of Synonyms
301
A Study of Suffixes
302
Variety of Expression I O
303
Variety of Expression II
306
Developing Paragraphs
308
One Thing at a Time
310
Transition
311
Storytellers and their Stories
312
A Story in Prose
313
A Story in Verse
314
The Introduction
315
The Body and the Conclusion
316
Conversations
317
A Biographical Sketch
319
A Historical Sketch
321
Order in Description
322
Description of a Person
323
Study of a Description
324
Practice in Description
325
Description and Narration
326
205
328
Sir Galahad
331
Characterization
332
Explaining Proverbs
333
Studies in Literature To a Waterfowl
334
The Chambered Nautilus
336
Figurative Language
339
Simile
341
Metaphor
342
Personification
343
APPENDIX A Rules for Capital Letters
345
B Rules for Punctuation
346
List of Irregular Verbs
348
Analysis by Diagram 351 1
351
E Additional Outlines
361
The English Language
364
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