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THE

AMERICAN MONTHLY MAGAZINE

AND

CRITICAL REVIEW.

VOL. III.

NEW-YORK:

PUBLISHED FOR H. BIGLOW AND O. L. HOLLEY,

AT No. 19 WALL-STREET.

PRINTED BY BENJAMIN G. JANSEN,

No. 8 Warren-street.

1818.

THE

AMERICAN MONTHLY MAGAZINE

AND

CRITICAL REVIEW,

No. I......VOL. III.

MAY, 1818.

ART. 1. ORIGINAL COMMUNICATIONS.

MESSRS. EDITORS,

THE

HERE has lately crept into our language a very uncouth and inaccurate form of speech, which ought, before this time, to have been made the subject of some authoritative critical censure. Thus far, however, it has escaped, I believe, all public animadversion; and it is a matter of no little surprise, that some of the professed literati, both in Great Britain and this country, are contributing to its currency by their own example. Indeed, from an inherent propensity, in our language, to that particular combination of words, or mode of expression, in which the fault in question always originates, it is now becoming a characteristic blemish in many of the most respectable written compositions and public speeches of the day. There is certainly no extravagance in saying, that it disgraces a great proportion of both.

The inaccuracy to which I refer, consists in improperly using a noun in the nominative or objective case, instead of the possessive, where the clause itself, in which the noun is used, or some other noun, stands, in sense, and ought to stand, in grammatical construction, as the nominative or objective. To illustrate my meaning, I subjoin a list of examples, selected at random, from a few hours' miscellaneous reading, and generally from a class of compositions in which one might reasonably expect to find, at least, "proper words in proper places." The examples are numbered, for the purpose of failitating particular references to them.

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7. "How will this idea consist with the Sabbath having been a ritual appointment to Israel?" [Christ. Observ.

8. "Instead of Asia Minor having received them from Greece, a directly contrary process took place." [Quart. Rev.

9. "The gentleman having advanced a doctrine, which I regard as unconstitutional, is my apology for troubling the house," &c. [Congr. Debates.

10. "In New England, there is no test to prevent churchmen holding offices.', [Edinb. Rev.

11. “Observers—who reject all idea of their elevation being owing to volcanic eruptions." [Quart. Rev.

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