Source of witness transcribed: The Voice of Freedom (Brandon, Vermont)
Date of witness transcribed: 8 January 1846
Notes about this poem: "Grammar" was printed in at least 240 newspapers during the nineteenth century. It can be found using ID 102270 in this table of most widely-reprinted poems.
The following article we copy from an old manuscript for the benefit of our juvenile readers.
- 1. Three little words we often see
Are ARTICLES, a, an, and the.
- 2. A NOUN’S the name of any thing,
As school or garden, hoop, or swing.
- 3. ADJECTIVES tell the kind of noun,
As great, small, pretty, white, or brown.
- 4. Instead of Nouns the PRONOUNS stand;
John’s head, his face, my arm, your hand.
- 5. VERBS tell of something being done;
To read, write, count, sing, jump, or run.
- 6. How things are done, the ADVERBS tell:
As slowly, quickly, ill, or well.
- 7. CONJUNCTIONS join the words together;
As men and children, wind or weather.
- 8. A PREPOSITION stands before
A noun; as in or through a door.
- 9. The INTERJECTION shows surprise;
As oh! how pretty, ah! how wise.
- The whole are called nine PARTS of Speech,
- Which Reading, Writing, Speaking teach.