Excerpt from A First Book in English The present volume is based upon the belief that gram mar, composition, and literature are t three separate and distinct subjects, but merely three inter-related divisions of the same subject English. If this be so, they should t be studied separately but together; only in this way can their true relation be brought out. Teachers of the classics and the romance languages, as well as teachers of English, are unanimous in their opinion that the greatest hindrance to the effective teaching of language at the present time is the student's igrance of English grammar. We have, therefore, placed the section on grammar first instead of last, and have sought to make it fill a place between the brief review of grammar that is occasionally appended to books on composition and the more complete treatises on the subject. As a further aid to the study of grammar in other languages and in keeping with the recommendation of the National Education As sociation, Universal Nomenclature has been used. It has been taken for granted that the student who uses the book is already more or less familiar with grammatical terms, and therefore, the definition of these has been brief. The purpose has been to give in complete and, at the same time, concise form the fundamental rules of grammar, a clear understanding of which is essential to correct compo sitiou. Throughout the section the inter-relation of gram mar and composition has been stressed, and the student is Shown how a kwledge of grammar is necessary before he can understand the rules of composition. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.