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LAWTON B. EVANS, A.M.
SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS, AUGUSTA, GEORGIA
Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and
THE NEW YORK
ASTOR, LENOX AND
COPYRIGHT, 1908, BY
ENTERED AT STATIONERS' HALL, LONDON.
EVANS'S EL, OF ENG. GRAM,
The purpose of this book is to teach the pupil to speak and write the English language correctly. No especial effort has been made to teach him to analyze, parse, or diagram the sentences of others, except as illustrations of what he himself is to do. There has been a constant purpose to teach him to make his own sentences in correct form, and to avoid the common errors into which he may fall in his everyday speech.
The complaint is made against grammars that they give too little power in the use of language. The result is that many pupils can give all the rules, can parse and analyze any sentence, yet they speak incorrectly, and write poorly. The author of this book has endeavored to present a system in which there is an intensely practical application of the elements of grammar. This is essentially a grammar by doing. Its purpose is to give the pupil power and confidence in the correct use of his language, both in speech and in writing. The author hopes thereby that the pupils who have studied these
will be able to avoid the ordinary errors of speech and to construct sentences in good and correct form.
In order to do this, it is necessary for the pupil to practice unceasingly in the detection of errors, in the observation of well-constructed sentences, and in the making of many good sentences for himself. Many oral and written exercises have been provided as guides for his use and direction; for in language, as in everything else, we learn to do by doing. If these exercises are faithfully performed and an intelligent use is made of the methods provided, it is earnestly hoped that our pupils will be relieved of the charge of more knowledge about grammar than power in the use of correct language.
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