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Practical English Composition I

Practical English Composition I

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Grammar andComposition, by ThomasWood
Project Gutenberg's Practical Grammar and Composition,by Thomas Wood This eBook is for the use of anyoneanywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictionswhatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use itunder the terms of the Project Gutenberg Licenseincluded with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.org Title: Practical Grammar and CompositionAuthor: Thomas WoodRelease Date: September 11, 2007 [EBook #22577]Language: EnglishCharacter set encoding: ISO-8859-1*** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK PRACTICAL GRAMMAR AND COMPOSITION ***Produced by Robert J. HallPRACTICAL GRAMMAR AND COMPOSITION
BY THOMAS WOOD, A.M., LL.B. THE BRADDOCK (PENNSYLVANIA) HIGH SCHOOLD. APPLETON AND COMPANYNEW YORK CHICAGOPREFACE This book was begun as a result of the author'sexperience in teaching some classes in English in thenight preparatory department of the Carnegie TechnicalSchools of Pittsburg. The pupils in those classes were alladults, and needed only such a course as would enablethem to express themselves in clear and correct English.English Grammar, with them, was not to be preliminaryto the grammar of another language, and compositionwas not to be studied beyond the everyday needs of thepractical man.Great difficulty was experienced because of inability tosecure a text that was suited to the needs of the class. Abook was needed that would be simple, direct anddignified; that would cover grammar, and the essentialprinciples of sentence structure, choice of words, andgeneral composition; that would deal particularly withthe sources of frequent error, and would omit the non-essential points; and, finally that would contain anabundance of exercises and practical work.It is with these ends in view that this book has beenprepared. The parts devoted to grammar have followeda plan varying widely from that of most grammars, and
an effort has been made to secure a more sensible andeffective treatment. The parts devoted to compositioncontain brief expositions of only the essential principlesof ordinary composition. Especial stress has been laidupon letter-writing, since this is believed to be one of themost practical fields for actual composition work.Because such a style seemed best suited to the generalscheme and purpose of the book, the method of treatment has at times been intentionally rather formal.Abundant and varied exercises have been incorporatedat frequent intervals throughout the text. So far as waspracticable the exercises have been kept constructive intheir nature, and upon critical points have been madevery extensive. The author claims little credit except for the plan of thebook and for the labor that he has expended indeveloping the details of that plan and in devising thevarious exercises. In the statement of principles and inthe working out of details great originality would havebeen as undesirable as it was impossible. Therefore, forthese details the author has drawn from the greatcommon stores of learning upon the subjects discussed.No doubt many traces of the books that he has used instudy and in teaching may be found in this volume. Hehas, at times, consciously adapted matter from othertexts; but, for the most part, such slight borrowings asmay be discovered have been made whollyunconsciously. Among the books to which he is aware of heavy literary obligations are the following excellenttexts: Lockwood and Emerson's Composition andRhetoric, Sherwin Cody's Errors in Composition, A. H.Espenshade's Composition and Rhetoric, Edwin C.Woolley's Handbook of Composition, McLean, Blaisdelland Morrow's Steps in English, Huber Gray Buehler'sPractical Exercises in English, and Carl C. Marshall's

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