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when joined in a Sentence with the neuter Verb: as, " It was written (not it was wrote) in Hebrew."
125. That Form of the Tenses in Verbs, which is distinguished by the active Participle, is used with strict Propriety, when we would express the Continuance of an Action: as, I have been writing a long Time; I Mall be writing all the Week.”
126. The auxiliary Signs, do and did, and their Inflections, doth, doft, or does, and didft, ought to be used only for the Sake of Emphasis : as, do love; he did go.”
127. Shall is used in the first Person barely to express the future Action or
Event; as, “ I Mall do it:" But, in the second and third, it promises, or commands; as, “ You ħall do it.” . On the contrary, will, in the second and third Persons, barely expresies the future Action or Event; as, “ You will do it.” But, in the first, it promises, or threatens; as, as I will do it”
128. The Terminations eth, ed, and the participial Form of the Verb, are used in the grave and formal Style ; but s, 'd, and the form of the past Tense, in the free and familiar Style: as (gravely), “ He hath loved; The Man hath spoken, and still speaketh ;" (familiarly), 6. He has lov'd; The Man has spoke, and still speaks."
129. When two Nouns come together with the Preposition of between then, denoting Polesion, the latter may be made the genitive Case, and set before the other: as, “ The Property of the Men; The Men's Property.”
130. Pronouns must always agree with the Nouns for which they stand, or to which they refer, in Number, Perfon, and Gender: as, “The Sun shines, and his Raceisappointed to him; The Moon appears, and the shines with Light, but not her own; The Sea fwelis, it roars,
NOTE 129. Nouns of the plural Number, that end in s, will not very properly admit of the genitive Cafe.
and and what can repel its Force? This Man, These Women.'
131: The neuter Pronoun, by an Idiom peculiar to the English Language, is frequently joined in explanatory Sentences with a Noun or Pronoun of the masculine or feminine Gender: : as,
66 It is I; It was the Man, or
Woman that did it.”
132. When two or more Nouns or Pronouns, of different Persons, are joined in a Sentence, the Pronoun, which refers to them, must agree with the first Person in Preference to the fecond, and with the second in Preference to the third: as, “ Thou and thy Father are both in the fame Fault, and ye ought to confess it; The Captain and I fought on the fame Ground, and afterwards we divided the Spoil, and shared it between us.
NOTE 131. Though this seems to be an indefinite Use of the neuter Pronoun, as exprefsive of some Caule or Subject of Inquiry, without any Respect to Person or Gender; yetg in ftrict Propriety, it cannot be so used with a Noun of the plural Number: thus, “ It was they that did it" is an Impropriety.
133. When two or more Nouns or Pronouns of the singular Number
are joined together in a Šentence, the Pronoun, which refers to them, must be of the plural Number: as, “ The King and the Queen had put on their Robes.
134. The genitive Case of a Pronoun is always used, when joined to Noun, to denote Property or Polefon: as, “ My Head and thy Hand." The Head of me and the Hand of thec arc inelegant Expressions.
135. The genitive Cases of the Pronouns, viz. my, thy, &c. are used when joined with Nouns; but mine, thine, &c. when put absolutely, or without thcir Nouns: as, “It is my Book ;” or, omitting the Noun, “ It is mine."
The same Thing may be observed of other and others, in the plural Number: as, " The property of other Men;" or,
without the Noun, “ The Property of others."
136. Mine and thine are frequently put for my and thy, before a Word that begins with a Vowel: as;.“ Mine Eye", for - My Eye.”
137. Pronominal Adjectives are only used in the genitive Cafe, when put absolutely : as, “I will not do it for tens Sake:”
138. The Adjective is usually set before its Substantive: as, “ The second Year; A good Man." Sometimes, however, for better Sound's Sake, especially in Poetry, the Adjective comes often after its Subftantive : as,
" The genuine Cause of every Deed
NOTE 135. Thou is used to denote the grealest Respect : as, “ O Thou most High!" And likewise to denote the greateft Contempt: as, “ Thou worthless Fellow !"