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3. Our (acts, or actions) generally proceed from instinct or impulse.

4. It is difficult for one unaccustomed to (sophism, or sophistry) to succeed in a (sophism, or sophistry).

5. The house was stripped of its furniture, and was entirely (empty, or vacant).

6. This circumstance (alone, or only) is sufficient to prove the worthlessness of the criticism.

7. We (avow, acknowledge, own, or confess) a neglect of duty.

8. Though numerous applications were made for the prisoner's (forgiveness, or pardon), they were all (unsuccessful, or ineffectual).

9. A very successful (social, or sociable) was held in the basement of the church.

10. Notwithstanding all his efforts, he could not (recollect, or remember) the date.

11. My old and tried friend (introduced, or presented). me to his wife.

12. He was (aware, or conscious) of a very unpleasant feeling coming over him.

13. The (negligence, or neglect) of this leaves us exposed to an uncommon levity in our conversation.

14. The (enormity, or enormousness) of the distance between the earth and the sun accounts for these effects.

15. His domestic virtues are too well known to make it necessary to (allude, or refer) to them.

16. He was careful in his (observance, or observation) of all the usages of his Church.

17. (Continuous, continual, or continued) droppings wear the stone.

18. The vegetation of these regions is (luxurious, or luxuriant).

19. The food furnished to the men was (healthy, or wholesome).

20. In the most rigorous weather he is scarcely (sensitive to, or sensible of) the cold.


21. He was surprised by the appearance of a heavenly (visitor, or visitant).

22. After that witness had given his (evidence, or testimony), the case was adjourned.

23. The Irish are (perpetually, or continually) using shall for will.

24. Her death was hourly (anticipated, or expected).

25. It was (due, or owing) to his earnestness that the plan succeeded.

26. He acted towards the prisoners with too much (lenity, or leniency).

27. There were not (less, or fewer) than twenty persons present.

28. He went in and took the (vacant, empty, or unoccupied) seat.

29. Having examined the affair, I wish to (say, or state) that I find nothing wrong.

30. I have frequently heard him (utter, express, or pronounce) that opinion.

31. He held a very (decided, or decisive) opinion on almost all such subjects.

32. He has not yet (answered, or replied to) my last letter.

33. The murderer was (hanged, or hung) on the 17th of last month.

34. He rejected the (proposal, or proposition) made by his friend.

35. I have found the package (alluded, or referred) to in your advertisement.

36. He took up the cup and taught, or educated, or instructed) his disciples how to drink it to his (memory, or remembrance).


PRECISION. DIRECTION. — In the following sentences, find the words not used precisely ad substitute for them the proper synonyms.

1. The discovery of steamboats produced a beneficent inuence on the commerce of the world.

2. He completes the story without freeing the heroine. 3. His apparent guilt justified his friends in disowning him.

4. He must content himself with the common privileges of the place.

5. It would have puzzled him to make good the assertion, if its veracity had been tested by the actual condition of the people.

6. My heart was entirely subdued by the captivating strains. 7. A glance at the clock will make you conscious that it is early three in the morning.

8. And as she was going to bring it, he called to her and said, Fetch me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread."

9. A couple of ladies fell upon the ice yesterday afternoon.

10. In a house like this, the inhabitants must resemble the knights of an enchanted castle.

II. The Principal is an astute, ambitious, and uncommonly zealous individual.

12. He was disposed to a sincere remorse for the crimes he had committed in the sight of heaven, and also for his recent sin in breaking the laws of his country.

13. She seems to love green peas and apple pie.

14. A prodigious number of hands were employed in removing the débris.

15. I have tried all day to remember the details of that dreadful affair.

16. The sincerity of his religion was clearly seen in his reverence for everything virtuous.

17. He excited the feelings of patriotism that had lain dormant in the nation.

18. His bravery under this painful operation, and the fortitude he had shown in heading the last charge in the recent action, inspired every one with admiration.

19. There is a sect in that city who believe in the efficiency of prayer to cure all diseases.

20. Our side-walks shew that we are a people almost wholly given over to expectoration.

21. The Christmas tree was denuded of its gifts.

22. The naked bodies and barbarous weapons of the natives were no match for the weapons of the Spaniards.

23. The desks were all disfigured by penknives. 24. He felt himself compelled to acknowledge the justice of

my remark.

25. I asked him to fetch the book with him when he came. 26. Have you any idea of writing to him?

27. It is difficult to discriminate between adjectives and participles.

28. The health of the Empress of Germany is greatly ameliorated.

29. They were all personages of more or less consequence.

30. It is the usefulness of any moral rule alone which constitutes the moral obligation.


PURITY, PROPRIETY, PRECISION. DIRECTION. - In the following, examine whether the error is one of Purity, Propriety, or Precision, and then correct it, giving your reason.

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1. Negligence of duty often produces unhappiness.

2. The prince next made propositions of marriage, but was rejected on account of his disgraceful customs.

3. That nation is noted for its observation of the Sabbath, and for its intoleration of the opinions of other people.

4. His conscience of his own integrity has supported him despite the negligence of his friends.

5. This application of reason, so continually and generally exercised, predicates a great national failure.

6. The first sleighing of the season arrived yesterday. 7. Some of these publications are calculated to injure society.

8. Her début was made on a sudden emergency, when she made so decided a success that she has since been retained.

9. No artist who has ever visited the city created a greater furore than this queen of song.

10. There appears to be a determination on the part of some of the leading men in England to sit on the patent medicine dealers.

11. Adulterations in food are becoming so general that no one knows what he is consuming unless it is produced before his eyes.

12. There will be some tall swearing, some big fees, some legal sharpness, and all that kind of thing, before this miserable case comes to an end.

13. The present parties in the Reichstag are engaged in a perpetual struggle between the Empire and the Church.

14. He thought that the action of the Government might jeopardize the unity of the Empire.

15. The assumption that a man who goes into a caucus is bound to vote in accordance with the caucus majority, is wholly gratuitous.

16. The smooth sea grew rough ; the moon grew smaller after the full.

17. The Mormon prophet has taken his forty-fifth help-mate.

18. Cornelia, pointing to her sons, exclaimed, “These are my jewelry.” 19.


guess I shall locate out West. 20. He never lived in this section of the country.


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