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At first glance, Gerald Murray presents a common and tedious tome on the rules of writing, but there is much more. Peppered throughout are reasons and descriptions of why certain word order or rule emphasis is appropriate.
“Everything that tends to improve composition merits the highest attention, because it is intimately connected with our intellectual improvement. When we are studying composition properly, we are cultivating the understanding itself. Learning to arrange and express our thoughts accurately, teaches us to think correctly.” (218)
Murray, Gerald. The Reformed Grammar: Philosophical Test of English Composition. London: Darton, 1847. http://books.google.com/ebooks/reader?id=BREEAAAAQAAJ.
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The Reformed Grammar, Or, Philosophical Test of English Composition
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