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Oliver & Boyd's New Code Class-Books.

STANDARD READING-BOOKS, By JAMES Colville, M.A., Senior English Master George Watson's College-Schools, Lauriston, Edinburgh, one of the Educational

Institutions of the Merchant Company.

The following are already published :PRIMER: Being Spelling and Reading Lessons Intro

ductory to Standard I. (Illustrated.) 36 pages. 1 d. FIRST STANDARD READING-BOOK; with Easy Lessons

in Script. (Illustrated.) 95 pages. 40. in stiff wrapper, or 6d. cloth. SECOND STANDARD READING-BOOK; with Dictation

Exercises, partly in Script. (Illustrated.) 108 pages. 4d. in

stiff wrapper, or 6d. cloth. THIRD STANDARD READING-BOOK; with Dictation

Exercises, partly in Script. 144 pages, strongly bound. 8d.

** A Specimen Copy of any one or more of the above will be sent to Principals of Schools, post-free, by Oliver and Boyd, on receiving half the retail price in stamps.

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RUDIMENTS

OF

· ENGLISH COMPOSITION.

BY ALEXANDER REID, LL.D.,

Late Head Master of the Edinburgh Institution; Author of Rudiments of

English Grammar, a Dictionary of the English Language, etc.

ADAPTED TO THE IMPROVED EDITION.

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EDINBURGH:
OLIVER AND BOYD, TWEEDDALE COURT.
LONDON : SIMPKIN, MARSHALL, AND CO.

1872.

Price Two Shillings and Sixpence.

260. g. 237.

DR REID'S EDUCATIONAL WORKS.

RUDIMENTS of ENGLISH GRAMMAR, 6d.
RUDIMENTS of ENGLISH COMPOSITION, 29.
DICTIONARY of the ENGLISH LANGUAGE, 58.
RUDIMENTS of MODERN GEOGRAPHY, 1s.; or with five Maps,

1s. 3d. An ABRIDGMENT of DR REID'S RUDIMENTS; being a FIRST BOOK of

GEOGRAPHY; 72 pages, 6d. OUTLINE of SACRED GEOGRAPHY, 6d. INTRODUCTORY ATLAS of MODERN GEOGRAPHY, 28. 6d. cloth, full

coloured. SCHOOL ATLAS of MODERN GEOGRAPHY, 5s. cloth, full coloured.

PRINTED BY OLIVER AND BOYD, EDINBURGH.

PREFACE.

The following Key is designed solely for the convenience of Teachers. That they may use it in such a way as not to defeat the principal object of the Rudiments of English Composition,-namely, to train Pupils to think for themselves, and to give ready and correct expression to their thoughts; and that the latter may not be permitted to abuse it, if it should fall into their hands, the following directions are submitted for teaching the Rudiments of English Composition with the help of the Key.

The Exercises may be divided into three classes, sentences which contain errors to be corrected,-sentences and passages in which words or clauses are to be supplied, or the inflection, expression, construction, or arrangement varied, -and essays to be written from detached sentences, hints, heads, or according to a prescribed method.

The Exercises in the first of these classes can generally be corrected only in one way. It is therefore recommended to the Teacher, that he cause his Pupils to correct them orally in the class, and to state the principle or rule by which the correction is made.

The second class of Exercises may be performed in various ways. These may therefore be written, partly

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