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TEACHERS' MANUAL

because (give the reason), according to the rule (give the rule for the case of the relative). 4. For describing verbs : ament, active subjunctive present from amō, amāre, amāvī, amātus, third person plural number to agree with its subject ——. It is in the subjunctive mood because (give the reason for the mood and the rule).

It leads to better results for the teacher to designate in advance in the reading lessons such words as are to be inflected and parsed.

THE LESSONS

Part II contains sixty Lessons and Part III nineteen, the last three of which are reviews. This makes a total of seventy-six advance Lessons. A class of average ability should have no difficulty in completing the first sixty Lessons, with the accompanying reading selections, by the Easter recess. This will leave sufficient time for the completion of the book by the end of the year.

The first six Lessons are used to review and reëstablish certain fundamental grammatical principles and to develop the meaning and value of the case forms. American boys and girls have no conception of an inflected language, and it is of no profit to them to recite paradigms, be it ever so glibly, unless they have some comprehension of what inflection means. The different cases have, therefore, been introduced one at a time, and their fundamental values established as a prime essential to all progress. It is not until Lesson VII, after all the cases have been gone over individually, that the first declension is given in full. These first Lessons will be found very simple, but they have a peculiar value in laying the foundation for all that is to follow.

LESSON I

Note. References preceded by M. are to sections in this Manual. All others are to the textbook.

The object of this Lesson is to establish the simplest grammatical concepts. When assigning it, pronounce and have