Excerpt from Allen and Greenough's Latin Grammar: For Schools and Colleges; Founded on Comparative Grammar
The Publishers have again taken advantage of the opportunity offered by the necessary recasting of the plates of this book to cause such improvements to be made in it as... the advance of gram matical knowledge and the experience of the schoolroom have shown to be advisable. The revising editors have endeavored to simplify and make plain the statement of principles, so far as could be done without sacrificing scientific correctness; but no concession has been made to the prevalent mechanical method of treating the science of language. Many additional explanations and suggestions have been made in the text and foot-notes, for the benefit of teachers and advanced scholars. The number and range of examples have been very considerably increased; and it is hoped that scholars will find no grammatical usage in their ordinary reading that is not provided for in the statements laid down.
The treatment of the formation of words has been much extended; and new light, it is hoped, has been shed upon this difficult and ever advancing branch of the science. In cases where comparative philol ogy is concerned, the editors have endeavored to set down the sure results of the so-called New Grammar, but have been conservative about accepting doctrines which, though likely to_ be true, cannot yet be regarded as fully proved, and are certainly not universally accepted. In conformity with the modern practice all naturally long vowels, known to be such, including those whose natural quantity is concealed by position, have been marked throughout; but many suspected to be long have been left unmarked, where the evidence did not seem sufficiently convincing.
Some new doctrines will be found in regard to the order of words, which, though not generally accepted, will, the editors are persuaded, meet with more general approval, the better they are applied and understood. This subject has only just begun to receive the con sideration it deserves.
N 0 changes of any account have been made in the numbering of sections.
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