Excerpt from Elements of Grammar: The First Book of English Grammar; Prepared as a Text-Book for Public Schools, and for the Primary Classes of High Schools and Academies
To correct these errors became an object of primary at tention. In view of its importance, any effort whi... ch gave promise of success seemed to the author to be practicable. But how should he begin? I Gathering up the forms of in accuracy which - from every source, his own collections and those of others, - his daily observation in the neighborhood, the school-room, and on the play-ground came within his reach, be repeated them to his classes from day to day, until, by constant drilling, they became trained to use language correctly. This process, however, required much valuable time, that might, by the advanced pupil, be turned to good account.
The inquiry arose, May not this time be saved? If so, how? May not these expressions be repeated to children, and they be taught to make the corrections, until their deli cate ear and sensitive faculties shall instantly detect the wrong, and suggest the right forms. The trial was made.
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