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The Elements of French Composition

Excerpt from The Elements of French Composition If, then, the prose given for translation must be very carefully chosen, it is evident that suitable material can not always be found ready to hand. The most elementary of the school reading-books, when tried, turns out too difficult. The style of the daily and other current journals is still more so. It therefore becomes necessary to prepare a collection of pieces which will provide variety of style without extreme difficulty of idiom. To furnish such a collection is the aim of the present. Manual. The work of selecting and adapting - and, in certain cases, composing - the pieces forming the collection has been per formed with much care, and has occupied a good part of the leisure time of several years. A considerable number of the exercises have been tested in High School and University classes, and those which were still too difficult have been simplified. But before the test of the English exercises was definitely fixed, every line of them, including the imitative exercises of Part I, was written in French, and accompanied by variants and remarks for subsequent use in the notes and vocabularies. It is hoped that by this means the English text has been so constituted that it can be rendered into real French; and that the assistance required by a painstaking student from the teacher or the text-book will not prove to be excessive. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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