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(2) III. All qualifies a singular or plural noun, according as it refers to number or quantity.
IV. Many is used with a singular noun whenever the article a or an intervenes.
V. Which and what, when used as adjectives, qualify nouns of either number.
VI. Either and neither relate to two objects only; any and none are used if allusion is made to more than two objects.
Each month affords us dif. III. All nature proclaims the ferent plants and flowers. bounty and goodness of God.
Every thing grows and decays All the visible objects on our in turn.
globe are divided into three Either John or William is to classes: minerals, vegetables, go.
and animals. There is neither liquid nor
IV. Muny a wonder is still solid body, nor any other mate undiscovered in nature. rial mass in nature, but is divi
Many a year he has spent at sible into very minute, indestruct- school, although his acquireible, and unchangeable particles. ments are so limited.
I. Most hodies in nature are V. Which science teaches the compounds.
properties of animal bodies? Few men can patiently bear What man is insensible to insults.
kindness? Several persons lose their lives
Of what use are eclipses, if by indiscretion.
not to show the true position of Both vessels
sailed from places ? Waterford on the same day.
VI. Either of these two, or II. None feels another's bur- any of those three will serve my den as if it were his own.
purpose. None have less praise than Neither of these two; none of those who seek it most.
those three would answer.
Nature at step presents wonders which confound us.
thing is poisoned either by passion or prejudice.
but the contemptible are afraid of contempt.
Almost insects have more than two eyes.
evil is to be avoided.
the sun revolves round a one has suffered by the earth, or the earth revolves talking, but few by silence. round the sun : the latter is the
Full a flower is born to fact. blush unseen.
are equally entitled to With - ease does the mis- the two premiums. placed arm return to its socket folly to sacrifice an eterunder the guidance of a skilful nal reward to the vain smoke of hand!
human praise !
(3) In English the adjective precedes the noun, except,
(I.) When used in technical expressions ;
(II.) When applied to individuals by way of preeminence ;
(III.) When the adjective is preceded by an adverb;
(IV.) In poetry, where the common order of words is frequently reversed.
I. The conjunction copulative Charles the Bald was king of differs from the conjunction dis- France. junctive.
III. He is a man uniformly II. St. Gregory the Great sent temperate. missioners to convert England. The knowledge absolutely ne
Leo the Wise was a Greek cessary is that of ourselves. philosopher IV. In pomp barbaric came Arontes, fired
With all that pride which titles vain inspired.
When through my windows morn hath flung
Its first uncertain gleaming.
Dispel my idle dreaming.
Brian the expelled the
One is the heir apparent to Danes from Ireland.
the throne; the other is the heir Alexander the founded Pthe city of Alexandria in Egypt. Richard Cour de Lion, or the Heaffixed to it his sign m
was a valiant prince.
(4) The word other, and the comparative degree of adjectives, require to be followed by the conjunction than.
He is no other than the brave from ten to twenty times quicker and religious Sobieski.
than in air. Sound travels in water about Nothing is more eloquent than four times quicker, and in solids, I the language of truth.
The largest of the Egyptian to explore with the micropyramids is higher any | scope. other work of man now extant. The geographical situation of Mildness governs
than Ireland is not less favourable to anger.
commerce her climate is to A healthy man can breathe agriculture. with impunity, air that is much The queen of virtues is no than boiling water.
other charity. Perhaps there is not a
The sphere or globe has treat for a person who has a re- greater magnitude- any
the beauties of nature, 1 body of equal surface.
The article a or an is placed before nouns in the singular number only.*
The article the may be placed before nouns in the singular or plural number.
(1) I. Singular nouns which signify more than one object, take the indefinite article before them.
II. Plural nouns preceded by numeral adjectives, also take the indefinite article before them.
(2) III. When several nouns which require both forms of the indefinite article come together, each must be introduced.
IV. Although the indefinite article may be sometimes omitted, it must be used whenever emphasis is required, even before the latter of two words in the same construction.
(3) V. An adjective preceded by the may be sometimes used as a noun.
VI. The article the may be sometimes omitted in conversation where it should be used in writing.
(4) VII. Proper nouns become common when articles are prefixed to them, except when a common epithet is understood.
VIII. The adjectives all, such, what, and many; and adjectives following as, so, too, and how, have the articles after them.
* Adjectives often take the articles a, an, and the, before them, and are then used as nouns; as-a sage, the good ; but when a is used with few or many; as—a few apples, a great many books, the article a cannot be made to agree with the plural noun apples or books, but with the collective noun few or many, the noun apples or books being governed by the preposition of understood, as will appear by substituting equivalent words for few and many; as, a small number of apples, a great number of books. The seeming harshness arising from the introduction of the preposition of before few or many will disappear by completing the sentence; as-Give me a few of those apples; I lent him a great many of my books.
When a body has a rotatory examined by an attorney and a motion, the line round which it counsellor. revolves is called an axis.
IV. On the discoveries of the A continued force produces a microscope a new and an intercontinued effect.
esting philosophy has been raised. No person has a greater esteem
V. The wise and the just are of what he does than he who is capable of doing little.
happy. Winter hides the treasures of
The vain and the foolish are
miserable. the earth, only that the succeeding spring may display them. VI. At(the) worst, I could but
incur his censure. I. I gave him a score, and he returned but a dozen.
At (the) best, he could do me
little service. II. Water, a thousand fathoms
VII. The fame of a Cæsar or a below the surface, is less bulky by about one-twentieth, than Scipio is vain. when at the surface.
The exploits of the AlexanHe owed me thousand
ders, or the Tamerlanes, were pounds, but has paid me only a
frequently no better than suchundred.
cessful robberies. III. He had a pound of sugar, of the world, attempts but the
VIII. All the vain philosophy but he used not an ounce.
A lake and an ocean are ana-destruction of vice by vice. logous to an island and a conti
Such a river as the Amazon,
which is the largest in the world, nent. An ensign and a captain were would scarcely be formed by the
united waters of the principal
rivers of Europe.
Her six unconquer'd sons were gone;
The last—the youngest-dearest one:
Oh! will she save that only child ?
A grain of blue vitriol will
cylinder, tinge gallon of water. cone, and
flat circle may A grain of musk will scent be all made to cast round -room fur twenty years.
shadow. A hollow tube of metal is -judgments of men will be stronger than
same quan- one day judged. tity in solid rod.
calumnies of men carry