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M. All verbs must have a nom'native,
A noun or pronoun, you perceive,
Though rather hard for you.
And David Doyle's complaining still;
In other words—the nominative
Of looked. Now don't you see?
Pray tell me something Pat did. M. What?
Insert a subject in the following spaces, and let it be a pronoun:
asked Papa for a new coat.
hope mamma will go to Ireland. returns on Saturday. stays too long all happiness.
can only stay a very short time. says he loves Fanny. believes him. comforts her.
THE OBJECT OF THE VERB OR OBJECTIVE CASE.
Some kinds of verbs have objects too,
Now, 80 and so's the object here.
M. John led and fed the horse last night.
But if it were, The horse led John-
M. Now, since you know objective case,
We'll try who'll get up dux for this,
The medal, too, she'll have.
And I'll try too, and so will I,
Papa loves *
Insert objects in the following spaces in the objective Pronouns they must be :
This smell refreshes Arrowroot nourishes
This book pleases Jemima does not like
That magnificent bonnet becomes
Cloaks cover Helen dressed
Insert nouns as objects now, and remember that all nouns in that position are said to be in the objective case, thus:
Dogs kill I hurt
poor Roger broke my new scent Papa loves Jane amused
We accepted The thunder frightened dear little
When a pronoun is used as the subject of a verb, you
have been told before that it must always be in the nominative case, as well as the noun for which it stands. Thus—I walk, thou walkest, he walks, she walks, we walk, you walk, they walk.
* The teacher here says, Papa loves some object or other. What or who is it? Let the pupil answer. If she says, shootingno! no! The object must be a Pronoun. You or me, or him or her, &c.
Repeat the Personal Nominatives:
I, thou, he, we, you, they, or, instead of he, say she,
Now, when these pronouns are used as objects behind the verb, they must be changed into the objective
SUBJECTS TO THE VERB.
SAME PRONOUNS AS OBJECTS. Subject is used in the nomina- Same pronouns are made objective case.
tive when used as the object. I love James.
He loves me. I teach you.
You teach me. Thou forgivest me. I forgive thee. He pleases you.
You please him. They chastise us.
We chastise them. We leave them.
They leave us.
Insert pronouns in the objective case.
I admire him.
The subject or nominative to a verb is often at some distance from the verb.*
JERUSALEM, ONCE PROSPEROUS AND POPULOUS, LOOKS DESOLATE. Point out the verb in that sentence. Looks. What looks desolate ? Jerusalem. Then where the subject or nominative of the verb looks ? Jerusalem. The Jews, once highly favoured, lie under a curse. Railways, at one time so seldom seen, are now quite
Queen Victoria, our own lawful sovereign, married Prince Albert. Gold, the most valuable of all metals, abounds in Australia and California. Salt, a most useful commodity, is dug out of mines in Poland. Nutmegs, so rare to us, are abundant in the Spice Isles. The Dutch, who monopolize the sale of them, destroy cart-loads of nutmegs, in order to keep them scarce. Quinine, that valuable tonic, produces an appetite. Peruvian bark, from which it is obtained, grows in Peru. Opium, so dangerous, yet serviceable, is extracted from the juice of poppies.
POSSESSIVE CASE. Having learned the possessive personal pronouns, mine, thine, bis, hers, its own, ours, yours, theirs, we
* In looking over each sentence, the teacher will point out the verb, or assist the pupil to find it. Then read over the sentence when the verb is found, and in order to find the subject, or nominative to the verb, ask who or what did so ?
+ The verb “ To BE,” is studiously withheld till those rules now used in pointing out the Nominative and Objective Case are more thoroughly understood.