Essentials Of English Grammar, For The Use Of Schools; For The Use Of Schools

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byWilliam Dwight Whitney

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1877. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VIII. - v-.V*^ VERBS. 222. We found above (28 etc.), when examining the parts of speech, that a Verb is a word that tells, or declares, or asserts something; it implies an assertion or predication. Hence, as a sentence is an assertion or declaration of something, every sentence must have a verb in it; the verb forms, alone or with other words, the predicate (27) of a sentence. Thus, in Troy was, he sleeps, they went, the boy was beaten, there is an assertion, in each separate case, of a being, or a condition, or an action, or the enduring of an action, on the part of that which is expressed by the subject of the verb. 223. Verbs are as many, and of as various meaning, in a language, as nouns and adjectives, and it is quite impossible to classify them by their meanings. But there is a certain difference of use which separates them into two principal classes. Some verbs are usually, and almost necessarily, followed by an object -- that is, by a noun or pronoun in the objective case, signifying that at which the action of the verb is directed (71). Thus, I await, I persuade, I cross, seem by themselves incomplete, and we look for some word expressing the thing or person that is awaited or persuaded or crossed: thus, I await the arrival of the mail; I persuade my friend to go with me; I cross the road to meet him. Other verbs, again, do not take, or are hardly able to take, any such object; the action which they express they express completely, without an added object: for example, I walk, stand, rejoice, weep, and so on. A verb of the former class is said to be a Transitive verb, or to be used Transitively (transitive means 'going over': that is, the action of the verb is fancifully said to "pass over" from the subject to an object); one of the latter class is called Intransiti...

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1877. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VIII. - v-.V*^ VERBS. 222. We found above (28 etc.), when examining the parts of speech, that a Verb is a word that tells, or declares, or asserts...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:88 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.18 inPublished:December 31, 2011Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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