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COPYRIGHT, 1917, BY MILTON C. POTTER, H. JESCHKE,

AND HARRY O. GILLET
ENTERED AT STATIONERS' HALL

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PREFACE

This book is less a textbook in the science of grammar than a laboratory manual in the art of speaking and writing correct English. The plan provides for the alternation of grammar with composition, and also for the larger alternation of both with habit-forming correct-usage drills. There is a clear-cut separation of grammar that is immediately usable from grammar whose interest is more remote. All this indicates the radically practical purpose of these lessons.

Like the preceding book of the series, the present text is based on the principle that, if results of value are to be achieved in the teaching of English, children must enjoy their work. If pupils do not like composition," if they fail to have a real interest in their language work, something is fundamentally wrong.

The remedy, however, lies not at all in making the work easier but in somehow transforming it so that the child will be eager to do it. It is here that the textbook becomes a most important factor, guiding and supporting the activities of the teacher. It is the aim of the present text, with its continual and various appeals to real motives for speaking and writing, to make oral and written composition a delight to children and a welcome task.

The presentation of grammar is marked by a division of the subject matter. The usable essentials have been presented in the body of the book, with thoroughness, yet without exacting formality. On the other hand, all those technicalities of grammar which cannot ordinarily be expected to function in the child's speaking and writing have been transferred to the Appendix. The new terminology, now generally accepted, has been employed.

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