First Lessons in English Grammar and Composition

First Lessons in English Grammar and Composition

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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. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ...(cross) hen, (short) pencil, (dirty) hands, (long) lesson, (wide) window, (hot) iron, (hard) problem, (deep) snow. LESSON XLIII. MORE ABOUT COMPARISON OF ADJECTIVES. All adjectives are not compared. It sounds better to say a more awkward boy, than to say an awkwarder boy. It sounds better to say the most beautiful rose, than to say the beaulifulest rose. When it sounds better to use the words wore and most before an adjective to make it express quality in the greater degrees, we do not use er or est. The words more and most used with the adjective, make it have the same meaning as it gets by comparison. Busier and busiest sound well. Certainer and certainest do not sound well. More certain and most certain are the correct forms. Which of the following adjectives may be compared? narrow, crooked, beautiful, strong, late, wise, merry, happy, fragrant, wonderful, natural, Use more and most with those not admitting of comparison by er and est. To tHE Teacher.--The author believes it unwise to have children taught that placing the words more and most bafore an adjective is comparison of the adjective. It has long been called a mode of comparison, but it really is only giving the adjective a modifier. In more and most is found the comparison, not in the adjective. They are the comparative and superlative forms of much, and are used with adjectives to give them the same meaning they would have if they were compared. They are modifiers, not inflections. It makes it much easier for children to learn it this way, because it is the truth. THIS AND THAT. 71 Less and least are used with an adjective when you wish to make it mean the opposite of what more and most makes it mean; as, crooked, less crooked, least crooked. Use less and least in this way with the...show more

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  • Paperback | 26 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236535537
  • 9781236535535