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AIDS

TO

ENGLISH COMPOSITION.

I.

OBJECTS AND THEIR PARTS.

The first step to be taken in writing composition is to obtain ideas. The second is the proper expression of the idea when obtained. To acquire ideas, it is necessary to cultivate habits of observation; to use the eyes not only in noticing entire objects, but also their different parts; to consider their qualities, uses, operations, and effects; together with their relation to other things. The mind employed in such processes acquires materials for its own operations, and thoughts and ideas arise as it were spontaneously.

For the first exercise in composition, therefore, it is proposed that the student be required to enumerate the parts of some visible object, according to the following

Ecample.

A HOUSE.

Its parts are
The inside, The wainscot,
The outside, The stairs,
The doors, The fire places,
The entry,

The mantel,
The rooms,

The chimney, The ceiling, The closets, The walls, The kitchen,

The parlors or

drawing rooms, The wash room, The bathing room, The inner doors, The wood shed, The out buildings.

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