An Improved Grammar Of The English Language by Noah Webster

An Improved Grammar Of The English Language

byNoah Webster

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1843 Excerpt: ...only, but many; hence the verb is plural. But in this sentence: "Of which seeming equality we have no other measure, but such as the train of our ideas have lodged in our memories."--Locke. The word train seems rather to require the verb in the singular. So in the following. "The number of the names together were about a hundred and twenty."--Acts, 1. 15. The word number expressing a sum of particulars, might well have the verb in the singular. In the following sentence, there can be no question that the verb ought to be in the singular. "The correctness of these remarks is questionable." Here correctness can not imply an aggregate of particulars. Note.--When an aggregate amount is expressed by the plural names of the particulars composing that amount, the verb is often in the singular number j as, "There was more than a hundred and fifty thousand pounds sterling."--Mavor's Voyages, 1. However repugnant to the principles of grammar, this may seem at first view, the practice is correct; for the affirmation is not made of the individual parts or divisions named, the pounds, but of the entire sum or amount. (See this subject more fully explained under rule XIV.) The Romans used a greater latitude in joining plurals with collective names than we can--" Magna pars in villis repleli cibo vmoque."--Liv. 2. 26. Here is a pronoun plural of the masculine gender, agreeing with a noun in the singular, of the feint nine gender. RULE X. Pronouns or substitutes must agree with the names they represent, in number, gender and person; as, "Mine answer to them that do examine me is this." 1 Cor. 9. 3. "These are not the children of God."--Rom. 9. 8. "Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them, wh...

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Title:An Improved Grammar Of The English LanguageFormat:PaperbackDimensions:72 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.15 inPublished:May 19, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217680496

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