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EXERCISE TO BE WRITTEN.
In writing the following sentences, punctuate those words only which require commas, in accordance with the second Rule and the Remarks : —
The young shepherd promised to buy me a pretty brown ribbon. (Remark f.) The man of true refinement will not object to enter into the honest heartfelt enjoyments of common life. (Rule, and Remark d.) The rosy-crowned Loves, with their many-twinkling feet, frisk with antic Sports and blue-eyed Pleasures. (Remark g.) A good that is steady durable cannot be derived from an external cause. (Rule, and Remark e.) The intellect and the conscience are intimately indissolubly bound together. (Rule, and Remark d.) Employment activity is one of the fundamental laws of human happiness. (Rule, and Remark b.) Not a few of the wisest grandest spirits have toiled at the work bench and the plough. (Rule, and Remarks d, h.) A hardy honest peasantry are the glory of an agricultural country. (Rule, and Remark d.) . Weeping sighing the mother hid the children in her gory vest. (Rule, and Remark k.) A The human mind spreads its thoughts abroad into the immeasurable the infinite. Does not every man feel, that nothing nothing could induce him to consent to become a slave? (Rule, and Remark b.) All all conjure us to act wisely faithfully in the relation which we sustain. (Rule, and Remarks b, j.) We should have a deeper a more vivid conviction of the importance the sacredness of our work. (Rule, and Remarks a, b.) Of intellectual gifts, the rarest the most glorious is great inventive genius. (Rule, and Remarks a, e, f.) Who will deny that imagination refines elevates the other mental powers? (Rule, and last sentence in Remark e.) The most abandoned men have sometimes professed courage contempt of mere bodily suffering. (Rule, and Remarks c, f.) A desolate lonely feeling springs up of having exchanged their home for a distant foreign country. (Rule, and Remarks d, l.) All things must work together for certain good, so long as we continue in free unconditional self-surrender to the service of God. (Rule, and Remarks d, h.)
R U L E III.
In a series of words, all of the same part of speech, a comma is inserted between each particular.
E X A M P L E S. 1. Industry, honesty, and temperance are essential to happiness. 2. Alfred the Great was a brave, pious, and patriotic prince. 3. Happy is the man who honors, obeys, loves, or serves his Creator. 4. The discourse was beautifully, elegantly, forcibly delivered. 5. The spirit of the Almighty is within, around, and above us.
a. Some punctuators omit the comma between the last two particulars, when united by either of the conjunctions and, or, nor. But the propriety of using the comma will perhaps be obvious to any one who examines the nature of such sentences: for the last two words of a series are not more closely connected in sense and construction with each other than with the preceding words; as, “Infancy, child. hood, youth, manhood, and age are different stages in human life.” b. When, however, three words of the same part of speech are in juxtaposition, the last being preceded by and or or, but do not form a series, the comma is omitted before the conjunction; as, “By the wise arrangement of nature, infancy and childhood last long.” Here the noun “nature” is governed by the preposition “of;” and the two following nouns, “infancy and childhood,” are of themselves the compound nominative to the succeeding verb. The punctuation, therefore, differs from that of a sentence in which three words are used in a series, or in the same construction; as, “Childhood, youth, and maturity last longer or shorter in different individuals.” c. In a series of three nouns preceded by an adjective qualifying only the first, the comma should be omitted before the conjunction; as, “The characteristics of Mr. Mason's mind were real greatness, strength and sagacity.” d. A comma should be put after the last noun in a series, if it is not joined to the others by a conjunction, and does not end a sentence or clause; as, “Reputation, virtue, happiness, depend greatly on the choice of companions.”—“The good man is alive to all the sympathies, the sanctities, the loves, of social existence.” When, however, and, or, or nor occurs, the comma is unnecessary after the last noun, because the conjunction shows that all the particulars have, either separately or together, a relation to what follows in the sentence; as, “Reputation, virtue, and happiness depend greatly on the choice of companions.”—“The good man is alive to all the sympathies, the sanctities, and the loves of social existence.” e. When the last particular is one of several qualifying words, it must not be separated by a point from that portion of the sentence on which it acts; as, “Too much of our love is an instinctive, ungoverned, narrow, selfish feeling.”— See p. 33, Remark d. f. But a comma should be put after the last adjective or adverb, not preceded by a conjunction, when it is separated by the other particulars of the series or by a verb from the word qualified, and does not finish the clause or sentence; as, “There is something real, substantial, immortal, in Christian virtue.”—“Exalted, tender. beneficent, is the love that woman inspires.” . g. When the last governing word in a series is preceded by a con junction, a comma is unnecessary after it; but, if written without a conjunction, the comma should be inserted; as, “God’s design is to recover, exalt, and bless the guiltiest of our race.”—“Endeavor to elevate, refine, purify, the public amusements.” When, however, the term governed is only a monosyllabic word, the comma may in such cases be omitted; as, “Teach, urge, threaten, lecture him.” h. When three or more words of the same part of speech, and in the same construction, are severally connected by means of and, or, or nor, the comma may be omitted after each of the particulars; as, ‘Let us freely drink in the soul of love and beauty and wisdom from all nature and art and history.” Some writers separate all such serial words by a comma; but a mode of punctuation so stiff as this seldom aids in developing the sense, and, in sentences requiring other commas, is undoubtedly offensive to the eye, if it does not obscure the meaning itself. A correct reader will, however, as a matter of course, pause more or less after each particular, in accordance with the nature of the sentiment. . i. But, when a series of nouns is resolvable into two or more phrases, each having two coupled words, a comma should be used between the phrases; as, “A Christian spirit may be manifested to Greek or Jew, male or female, friend or foe.” j. When, in two or more pairs, only the last pair depends on a concluding term, the comma should be omitted after it; as, “The true Christian is a man of principle, of truth and integrity, of kindness and modesty, of reverence and devotion to the Supreme Glory.”
ORAL ExERCISEs. Recite the Rule (p. 37) for the insertion of commas in the following sentences : —
Learn patience, calmness, self-command, disinterestedness, love
Agreeably to the Remarks (pp. 37, 38), state the reasons for the insertion or the omission of commas in the following sentences : —
Aristotle, Cicero, and Quintilian are high authorities in rhetoric.
Say why the omission of a comma between the last two conjoined nouns in the following sentences does not accord with the Rule, but with Remark b:
In Paradise, Adam and Eve reigned supreme. There was, in Eve's every gesture, dignity and love. According to the Thompsonian philosophy, heat and cold are antagonist identities. In two branches of science, chemistry and natural history, medical men have been the most successful laborers. It is well calculated to render the timber impenetrable to the agents of decomposition, — air and moisture. A Dr. Twitchell's wonderful faculty often rendered the unintelligible plain and clear. . In reference to time, hours and days are of great importance: in respect to eternity, years and ages are nothing.
EXERCISE TO BE WRITTEN.
In putting commas between or after the serial words in the following sentences, be guided by the third Rule and the Remarks (pp. 37, 38): —
Let holiness goodness virtue be to you the pearl of great price. (Rule, and first portion of Remark d.) The recovery of our little darling dancing singing Mary is worth all the gold that ever was mined. (Rule, and Remark e.) The hardships of a good life prove refine and exalt the human character. (Rule, and first portion of Remark g.) No one can find peace but in the growth of an enlightened firm disinterested holy mind. (Rule, and Remark e.) Ease indulgence luxury sloth are the sources of misery; making a man a poor sordid selfish wretched being. (Rule, and Remarks d, e.) A great soul is known by its enlarged strong and tender sympathies. (Rule, Remarke, and last of d.) . All that charms the eye or the ear or the imagination or the heart is the gift of God. (Remark h.) The Indian nut alone is clothing, meat and trencher drink and can. (Remark i.) All have some conceptions of truth kindness honesty self-denial and disinterestedness. (Rule, and Remark a.) In a city there is much to inflame imbitter degrade the minds of the poor. (Rule, and second portion of g.) Let us every day become more pure kind gentle patient spiritual and devout. (Rule, and Remark a.) Meekly truthfully disinterestedly the dying man had trod the path of life. (Rule, and Remark f.) In heaven live the friends benefactors deliverers ornaments of their race. (Rule, and first of Remark d.) : True courage is the exercise result and expression of the highest attributes of our nature. (Rule, and last of Remark d.) Some have unreasonably denied the strength and fervor and enduringness of human love. (Remark h.) The Hebrew is closely allied to the Arabic the Phoenician the old Persian the Syriac and the Chaldee. (Rule, and Remark a.) You are a parent or a child a brother or a sister a husband or a wife a friend or an associate of some kindred soul. (Remark j.) Our present knowledge thoughts feelings characters are the results of former impressions passions and pursuits. (Rule, and Remarks d, a.) *.