National Teacher Volume 1

National Teacher Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1871 edition. Excerpt: ...foregoing articles. In aforeign and inflected language, the mind has chiefly to do with forms, in order to obtain thought; but in the English language the great object is to use words so as to present thought. Use is the central idea, both in synthesis and in analysis. In synthesis, we use words to express thought; and, in analysis, we show how words have been used to express thought. Whether we are concerned with the ordinary uses of words, or with what grammarians have termed accidents, or accidental properties, the mind, if it be conscious of intelligent action, is, to a greater or less extent, contemplating the use of words. The truth of this proposition, I shall endeavor to make clear, by attempting to answer the question, What is case? The word case, from the Latin casus, originally meant a falling. The nominative was indicated by a vertical line, and was called rectus casus, right case. The other cases were indicated by lines more or less oblique, and were called obliqui casus, oblique cases. The word, as used in English grammar, evidently retains none of its original meaning. The following definitions have been given by some of our most popular authors: "Cases are modifications that distinguish the relations of nouns or pronouns to other words." "The nominative case is that form or state of the.noun or pronoun, which usually denotes the subject of a finite verb."-Goou) "Case is a modification of the noun to distinguish its relation to other words/'--Bnn'r'r. " Case denotes the relation of a noun or pronoun to other words."----GREENI-J. " Case is thatproperty which distinguishes the relations of nouns and pronouns to other words in a. sentence."--QnAcn: nnos. "Case is...show more

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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 17mm | 572g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236799100
  • 9781236799104