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DAVID SINCLAIR BURLESON, A. M.,
Dean and Professor of Literature,
THE GLOBE BOOK COMPANY
The purpose of this book is to discuss the elements of English grammar in a clear and simple way, with the end in view of promoting the development of better language habits in the pupil. Grammar as a science is subordinated herein to grammar in its practical aspects.
In method and treatment the book is adapted to the grammar grades, but it presupposes an acquaintance with the rudiments of the subject as acquired in connection with language lessons.
The book consists of two main divisions. The aim of Part I is to acquaint the pupil with the sentence in its various relations. Part II deals with the parts of speech in detail.
The inductive and laboratory methods are employed. The order of development usually followed is, to begin with an apt and familiar example that produces a definite image or concept, with the accompanying comment or generalization reduced to the simplest and most direct terms; then to .follow the development, while it is still fresh, with exercises for the application of the rule or principle involved, so that the pupil may learn by the natural process of doing.
Care has been taken, that, as far as possible, illustrative and exercise matter shall be pleasing and inspiring, concrete rather than abstract, and of a practical nature. Formal exercises in classification are employed only so far as they are deemed essential to the understanding of important laws and principles. At the end of each chapter are exercises in review of all information of practical importance presented in the chapter. There is also a summary for review or reference.