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The man's acceptation of the office. The man's acceptance of the office.

"Acceptation” is used only in connection with words and phrases; as, “The present acceptation of the word.”

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The center of the street.

The middle of the street. "Center" means a point, and is more definite than "middle."

A combine was formed.

A combination was formed.
"Combine" should not be used as a noun in the sense of "combination."

Communication letter
Your communication of the 4th in-

Your letter of the 4th instant.


The city counsel meets to-night. The city council meets to-night.

"Council" means a body of advisers, while "counsel" means advice, or a person employed to give legal advice. Cupsful-cupfuls Take two cupsful.

Take two cupfuls.
Day before yesterday—the day before yesterday
I came day before westerday.

I came the day before yesterday.
Evenings—in the evening
I am working evenings now.

I am working in the evening now.

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Have you taken your exam yet? Have you taken your examination yet?
There were two females present. There were two women present.
Great hurry-great haste
He left in a great hurry.

He left in great haste.
I am building a new home.

I am building a new house.
A “house” becomes a "home" when it becomes one's own dwelling-place.
Human-human being
No human could do that.

No human being could do that.
Lay of the land-lie of the land
I like the lay of the land.

I like the lie of the land.
Both forms are considered correct, but the second is preferable.
New beginner-beginner
I am a new beginner.

I am a beginner.
Nobody's else—nobody else's
Nobody's else work is so difficult. Nobody else's work is so difficult.

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Strike out the incorrect italicized words in the following sentences :

(Deduct four per cent for each error.)

1. The rent will be raised-increased on the first of the month.

2. The new schedule provides for a salary of twelve hundred dollars for the first year

and for annual increases-raises thereafter until the sixth year. 3. This is the common acceptance-acceptation of the term. 4. I wish to advise-advice we have received no advise-advice from your office.

5. I have them all-all of them in my office.

6. Will you go a short distanceapiece with me?
7. They had no right-business to go on with the work.

8. Place the chair in the center-middle of the room.

9. He stood in the middle-center of the circle.

10. This firm has no connection with the newly-formed combination-combine.
11. I am in receipt of your letter--communication of yesterday.
12. My counsel-council attended the meetings of the council-counsel.

13. Take two spoonsful-spoonfuls after each meal.

14. It snowed day before yesterday-the day before yesterday. 15. I do my studying in the evening of evenings. 16. I shall take my examinationexam to-morrow. 17. The females-women sat on one side of the room, and the malesmen on the other.

18. My new home-house is nearly completed. 19. No human-human being could withstand the heat. 20. The lay of the landlie of the land is very important. 21. As I am not a beginner--new beginner, I think I can finish the course in a few weeks. 22. That is nobody's elsenobody else's business. 23. It is no use-of no use to try to do that. 24. I shall send you a postal-postal card when I arrive. 25. The setting hen-sitting hen is sitting on her nest. 26. It is a long way–ways to the city.



1. If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. 2. A friend of mine has a claim upon me. 3. He himself entered into the synagogue and reasoned with the Jews. 4. Who art thou? 5. Every man will succeed whose actions are guided by the principle of justice. 6. He jests at scars that never felt a wound. 7. Who assassinated President Garfield ? 8. What was the cause of the Civil War? 9. Which was the greater soldier, Grant or Lee? 10. Porto Rico, which the Americans acquired from Spain, is very valuable. 11. He that would succeed must work. 12. Booker T. Washington, who is the benefactor of his race, was a slave. 13. This is better than that. 14. Many were invited, but few came.



1. What pronouns in the foregoing sentences represent within themselves the person speaking ? The person spoken to? The person or thing spoken of?

What pronouns connect subordinate sentences to the words that they represent ?

3. What pronouns are used to ask questions?
4. What pronouns are usually used as adjectives?


Personal pronouns are those that within themselves show whether they represent the speaker, the person spoken to, or the person or thing spoken of; as, I, you, he, she, it.


The word for which a pronoun stands is called the antecedent. It may be expressed or understood.


Relative pronouns are those that connect subordinate sentences to their antecedents; as, “I saw John Smith, who was hurt.” “I saw the man that was hurt.” The relative pronouns are "who," "which," "what" and "that,” with their declined forms.

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