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TO THE TEACHER.
THE first six lessons are introductory and are somewhat
outside of the range of analysis, strictly so called. They are, however, in the author's view, essential to a thorough grasp of the subject, and nothing but want of time should justify their omission. They may be omitted, if they must be, and the study of the subject may begin with Lesson VII. ; or, they may be studied last of all. The first thought was to add them as an appendix, but from the consideration that this position might consign them to entire neglect they have been placed at the beginning.
The author deprecates a final judgment of the merits of these lessons from the teacher's opinion of the value of the notation for sentences given. This is incidental—not essential. It has seemed to him a simple and convenient way of representing sentences to the eye ; but it can be modified or entirely discarded by the individual teacher ; or, any one can substitute his own system of diagrams for this notation.
The analysis here presented does not at all depend on this device for formulating sentences.
The material for practice is meant to be ample and varied. If the quantity of practice required is too great for any given class, selections may be made. The selection of sentences and paragraphs has been made with great care, and it is thought that these will give opportunity of studying all ordinary kinds of sentences and combinations of gram. matical elements.
It will be seen that the whole subject is developed from the basis of the PROPOSITION. Let the pupil learn this fundamental lesson thoroughly, with the assurance that there can be no real analysis of sentences without it; this is the key to the whole doctrine of sentences.
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