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LARKIN DUNTON, LL. D.
LATE HEAD-MASTER OF BOSTON NORMAL SCHOOL
AUGUSTUS H. KELLEY, A.M.
MASTER OF LYMAN SCHOOL, BOSTON
HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRAR
GINN AND COMPANY
COPYRIGHT, 1901, 1902, 1904, BY
It has long been apparent to many teachers and students of language that progress in learning to use good English has been seriously retarded by the lack of a text book on English grammar, simple enough to be easily understood by pupils in the upper grades of grammar schools, and at the same time sufficiently comprehensive to embrace all the essentials of the structure of the English sentence.
Appreciating the serious loss that has come to the children who have been compelled to struggle in vain to understand the intricacies of their mother tongue, when presented in the hard logic of the common text book, and knowing from long experience how interesting and inspiring to children is the study of grammar when pursued along right lines, the authors have given this book to the public.
It is not a formal treatise on English grammar intended for the adult, but rather a view of the subject from the standpoint of the child.
The plan of the book is inductive, and the sentence is recognized from the first as the unit of thought; so that the child is led by easy steps from the study of the simple and readily understood sentence to the mastery of the