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Or the merits of "Longmans' School Grammar," upon which the present book is based, little need now be said, for it has from its first appearance held an assured position as one of the most acceptable of text-books for the effective teaching of a difficult subject. It was written by David Salmon—one of the best equipped teachers of England, not only in respect to scholarship and mastery of educational theory, but in respect to the practical sense which is even more requisite in the making of a good text-book. His work is characterized by a notably clear and inductive development, by wealth of illustration, and by simplicity of statement. Without pretending to be a "complete" Grammar, it yet goes well beyond the bare essentials, and it treats its subject with such directness and reasonableness that teachers using intelligent methods have recognized it as eminently a teaching book.
In “Longmans' English Grammar," now presented, while every effort has of course been made to preserve all the excellences just mentioned, there has been excluded whatever may properly be regarded as too difficult for an elementary Grammar, and at the same time there have been introduced such improvements as appeared to be called for. These improvements may be noted under the heads of changes in arrangement, addition of new material, and general revision of the text.
With respect to arrangement, the first noticeable difference in Part I is the introduction of the Participle after the treatment of the Verb and the Adjective, instead of the deferring to the latter portion of Part II of all mention of this important and sometimes troublesome class of words. A second and