The Young Man's Best Companion and Guide to Useful Knowledge

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T. Kinnersley, 1815 - Encyclopedias and dictionaries - 476 pages

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Page 425 - Soon as the evening shades prevail, The moon takes up the wondrous tale, And nightly to the listening earth Repeats the story of her birth ; While all the stars that round her burn, And all the planets in their turn, Confirm the tidings as they roll, And spread the truth from pole to pole.
Page 5 - A, a; B, b; C, c ; D, d; E, e ; F, f; G, g; H, h; I, i; J, j; K, k ; L, 1; M, m ; N, n ; O, o ; P, p ; Q, q ; R, r S, s ; T, t; U, u ; V, v ; W, w; X, x ; Y, y ; Z, z.
Page 32 - Each works its end, to move or govern all: And to their proper operation still Ascribe all good; to their improper, ill. Self-love, the spring of motion, acts the soul; Reason's comparing balance rules the whole. Man, but for that, no action could attend, And but for this, were active to no end...
Page 32 - XX. When the qualities of different things are compared, the latter noun or pronoun is not governed by the conjunction than or as, but agrees with the verb, or is governed by the verb or the preposition, expressed or understood : as, " Thou art wiser than I;
Page 41 - Be not too tame neither, but let your own discretion be your tutor: suit the action to the word, the word to the action; with this special observance, that you o'erstep not the modesty of nature...
Page 81 - January 31, February 28, March 31, April 30, May 31, June 30, July 31, August 31, September 30, October 31, November 30, December 31.
Page 24 - ... for hidden; held, for holden, frequently: bid, for bidden; begot, for begotten, once or twice: in which, and a few other like words, it may perhaps be allowed as a Contraction. And in some of these Custom has established it beyond recovery. In the rest it seems wholly inexcusable. The absurdity of it will be plainly perceived in the example of some of these Verbs, which Custom has not so perverted. We should be immediately shocked at I have knew, I have saw, I have gave, &c: but our ears are...
Page 28 - An explicative sentence is when a thing is said to be or not to be, to do or not to do, to suffer or not to suffer, in a direct manner ; as, ' I am ; thou writest ; Thomas is Joved.
Page 24 - This general inclination and tendency of the language, seems to have given occasion to the introducing of a very great Corruption; by which the Form of the Past Time is confounded with that of the Participle in these Verbs, few in proportion, which have them quite different from one another. This confusion prevails greatly in common discourse, and is too much authorised by the example of some of our best Writers.
Page 31 - This is an idiom, which our language is strongly inclined to : it prevails in common conversation, and suits very well with the familiar style in writing: but the placing of the preposition before...

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