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Q Of what number is book, and why?

9. Book is of the singular number, because it means

but one.

Q. Of what number is chair, and why? Q. What does the word plural mean? 10. It means more than one.

Q. Of what number is lamps, and why?

11. Lamps is of the plural number, because it means more than one.

Q. Of what number is inkstand, and why?

Q. By adding s to dove, we have doves, and es to box, we have boxes How, then, is the plural number of nouns usually formed?

12. By adding s or es to the singular.

Q. Will you spell the plural of ounce? glass? window? theatre? antecedent? church? labyrinth?

Q. How many numbers do nouns appear to have, and what are they? 13. Two, the singular and plural

Q. Will you name a noun of the singular number? one of the plural number?

III. GENDER.

Q. What does the word gender mean? 14. Gender signifies sex.

Q. What does the word masculine mean?

15. It means male.

Q. John is the name of a male: of what gender or sex, then, is John? 16. Of the masculine or male gender.

Q. What nouns, then, are said to be of the masculine gender?

17. The names of males.

Q. What gender, then, is man, and why?

18. Man is of the masculine gender, because it is the name of a male.

Q. Of what gender is uncle, and why? father? why ?

Q. What does feminine mean?

19. It means female.

Q. Susan is the name of a female: of what gender, then, is Susan?

20. Of the feminine gender.

Q. What nouns, then, are said to be of the feminine gender?

21 The names of females.

Q. What gender is woman, and why ?

22. Woman is of the feminine gender, because it is

ne name of a female.

Q. Of what gender is aunt, and why? daughter? why?

Q. What does the word neuter mean?

23. It means neither.

Q. Chair is the name neither of a male nor a female: what gender, then may it properly be called?

24. Neuter gender.

Q. What nouns, then, may be said to be of the neuter gender?

25. The names of objects that are neither males no females.

Q. Of what gender is inkstand, and why?

26. Neuter gender, because it is the name neithe. of a male nor female.

Q. Of what gender is bench? why? chair? why?

Q. Parent, you know, is the name either of father or mother, that is, it is a name common to both: of what gender, then, shall we call such nouns a parent, bird, &c.?

27. Common gender.

Q. What nouns, then, may be said to be of the common gender? 28. The names of such animals as may be either males or females.

Q. Of what gender is sheep, and why?

29. Sheep is of the common gender, because it is the name either of a male or female.

Q. Of what gender is robin, and why?

Q. How many genders do nouns appear to have, and what are they? 30. Four-the masculine, the feminine, the neuter, and the common.

Q. Will you name a noun of the masculine gender? one of the feminine? one of the neuter? one of the common?

Q. Will you name the gender and number of each noun in the following sentences, as I read them to you? "James and William."

"John and the girls."

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"Slate and pencil."
"Women and birds."

IV. PROPER AND COMMON NOUNS.

Q. What is the meaning of the word common; as, "A common complaint"?

31. Common means general.

Q. Although there are a vast many male children in the world, each one may be called by the general name of boy: what kind of a noun, then, would you call boy?

32. A common noun.

Q. When, then, is a noun called common?

33. When it is a general name

Q. What does the word proper mean?

34. It means fit or particular.

Q. John, you know, is the particular name of a ooy: wnat kind of a noun, then, may it be called?

35. A proper noun.

Q. When, then, may a noun be called proper?

36. When it is a particular name.

Q. What kind of a noun is Susan, and why?

37. Susan is a proper noun, because it is a particular name.

Q. What kind of a noun is John, and why?

Q Of what number is book, and why?

9. Book is of the singular number, because it means

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but one.

Q. Of what number is chair, and why? Q. What does the word plural mean? 10. It means more than one.

Q. Of what number is lamps, and why?

11. Lamps is of the plural number, because it means more than one.

Q. Of what number is inkstand, and why?

Q. By adding s to dore, we have doves, and es to box, we have boxes How, then, is the plural number of nouns usually formed?

12. By adding s or es to the singular.

Q. Will you spell the plural of ounce? glass? window? theatre? antecedent? church? labyrinth?

Q. How many numbers do nouns appear to have, and what are they? 13. Two, the singular and plural

Q. Will you name a noun of the singular number? one of the plural number?

III. GENDER.

Q. What does the word gender mean? 14. Gender signifies sex.

Q. What does the word masculine mean?

15. It means male.

Q. John is the name of a male: of what gender or sex, then, is John? 16. Of the masculine or male gender.

Q. What nouns, then, are said to be of the masculine gender?

17. The names of males.

Q. What gender, then, is man, and why?

18. Man is of the masculine gender, because it is the name of a male.

Q. Of what gender is uncle, and why? father? why?

Q. What does feminine mean?

19. It means female.

Q. Susan is the name of a female: of what gender, then, is Susan?

20. Of the feminine gender.

Q. What nouns, then, are said to be of the feminine gender?

21 The names of females.

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Q. What gender is woman, and why?

22. Woman is of the feminine gender, because it is

ne name of a female.

Q. Of what gender is aunt, and why? daughter? why?

Q. What does the word neuter mean?

23. It means neither.

Q. Chair is the name neither of a male nor a female: what gender, then may it properly be called?

24. Neuter gender.

Q. What nouns, then, may be said to be of the neuter gender?

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25. The names of objects that are neither males nor females.

Q. Of what gender is inkstand, and why?

26. Neuter gender, because it is the name neithe of a male nor female.

Q. Of what gender is bench? why? chair? why?

Q. Parent, you know, is the name either of father or mother, that is, it is a name common to both: of what gender, then, shall we call such nouns a parent, bird, &c.?

27. Common gender.

Q. What nouns, then, may be said to be of the common gender? 28. The names of such animals as may be either males or females.

Q. Of what gender is sheep, and why?

29. Sheep is of the common gender, because it is the name either of a male or female.

Q. Of what gender is robin, and why?

Q. How many genders do nouns appear to have, and what are they? 30. Four-the masculine, the feminine, the neuter, and the common.

Q. Will you name a noun of the masculine gender? one of the feminine? one of the neuter? one of the common?

Q. Will you name the gender and number of each noun in the following sentences, as I read them to you?

"James and William."

“John and the girls."

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"Slate and pencil."
"Women and birds."

IV.

PROPER AND COMMON NOUNS.

Q. What is the meaning of the word common; as, "A common complaint"?

31. Common means general.

Q. Although there are a vast many male children in the world, each one may be called by the general name of boy: what kind of a noun, then, would you call boy?

32. A common noun.

Q. When, then, is a noun called common?

33. When it is a general name

Q. What does the word proper mean?

34. It means fit or particular.

Q. John, you know, is the particular name of a ooy: wnat kind of a noun, then, may it be called?

35. A proper noun.

Q. When, then, may a noun be called proper?

36. When it is a particular name.

Q. What kind of a noun is Susan, and why?

37. Susan is a proper noun, because it is a particular name.

Q. What kind of a noun is John, and why?

Q. What kind of a noun is river, and why?

38. River is a common noun, because it is a gene ral name.

Q. How many kinds of nouns do there appear to be, and what are they? Q. What kind of a noun is girls? Mary? town? New York? London?

boat? chain?

Q. Will you now tell me which words are the nouns in the following sentences; which are proper, and which common; also their gender and number? "Thomas and John." "King and queen. “Susan and Mary." "House and barn."

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V.

PERSON.

Q. When a person, in speaking, says, “I, John, will do it," what person do grammarians call John?

39. The first person.

Q. When, then, is a noun of the first person?

40. When it is the name of the person speaking.

Q. When I say, "James, mind your studies," what person do grammarians call James?

41. The second person, being the person spoken to. Q. When, then, is a noun of the second person ?

42. When it is the name of the person spoken to, or addressed.

Q. "William, James has come." What person is William, and why? 43. Of the second person, because William is spoken

to.

Q. When I say, "William, James has come," I am speaking to William about James': of what person, then, is James, and why?

44. Of the third person, because James was spoken of; that is, I was talking about James.

Q. When, then, is a noun of the third person?

45. When it is spoken of.

Q. "Thomas, Rufus is in the garden." What person is Thomas? why ? Is Rufus? why?

Q. How many persons do nouns appear to have, and what are they? 46. Three persons-the first, second, and third.

Q. Will you inform me which of the following nouns are proper, which common; also their gender, number, and person?

"I, James, of Boston."

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Henry, study your book."

"Boy and girl."

"William and his sister.'

VI. CASE.

Q. We say of an animal, for instance a horse, when he is fat, that "He is in a good case"; and, when he is lean, that "He is in a bad case": what therefore, does the word case mean?

47. Case means condition, state, &c.

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