An Essay Towards a Practical English Grammar: Describing the Genius and Nature of the English Tongue; Giving Likewise a Rational and Plain Account of Grammar in General, with a Familiar Explanation of Its Terms

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J. Nourse, 1753 - 339 pages

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Page 64 - His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.
Page 76 - ... intimate some particular action of its own, at that time, relating to those ideas. This it does several ways ; as is, and is not, are the general marks, of the mind, affirming or denying.
Page 35 - The comfort and advantage of society not being to be had without communication of thoughts, it was necessary that man should find out some external sensible signs, whereby those invisible ideas which his thoughts are made up of, might be made known to others.
Page 3 - ... words may then be laudably revived, when either they are more sounding or more significant than those in practice ; and when their obscurity is taken away, by joining other words to them which clear the sense, according to the rule of Horace, for the admission of new words.
Page 77 - They are all marks of some action, or intimation of the mind; and therefore to understand them rightly, the several views, postures, stands, turns, limitations, and exceptions, and several other thoughts of the mind, for which we have either none, or very deficient names, are diligently to be studied.
Page 176 - You pray ; but it is not that God would bring you to the true religion.
Page 38 - To conclude this consideration of the imperfection and abuse of language; the ends of language in our discourse with others being chiefly these three: first, to make known one man's thoughts or ideas to another; secondly, to do it with as much ease and quickness as possible; and, thirdly, thereby to convey the knowledge of things: language is either abused or deficient, when it fails of any of these three.
Page 14 - Als it es wrought in heven ay : Ur ilk day brede give us to day : Forgive thou all us dettes urs Als we forgive till ur detturs : And ledde us na in na fanding .But sculd us fra ivel thing.
Page 200 - ... of our language, to hinder any words of a foreign coin from passing among us; and in particular to prohibit any French phrases from becoming current in this kingdom when those of our own stamp are altogether as valuable.
Page 22 - O oure father which arte in heven, halowed be thy name: let thy kingdome come, thy will be fulnled as well in erth as it is in heven ; geve us this dayc in dayly bred, &c.

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