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PRACTICAL FRENCH GRAMMAR

AND

EXERCISES.

FOR THE SYSTEMATIC, PRACTICAL, AND GRADUAL

ACQUIREMENT OF THE FRENCH LANGUAGE.

BY

PAUL BAUME,

PROFESSOR OF THE FRENCH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE IN THE CITY OF GLASGOW ;
FORMERLY MASTER OF THE FRENCH LANGUAGE AT THE ROYAL MILITARY

COLLEGE, SANDHURST, &c. &c.

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GLASGOW:
D. BRYCE & Co., 129 BUCHANAN STREET.
BLACKIE & SON, 36 NORTH FREDERICK STREET.

1867.
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GLASGOW :
W. G. BLACKIE AND CO., PRINTERS,

VILLAFIELD.

PREFACE.

At a time like the present, when this country is deluged with French grammars and class-books of all kinds, it may be considered somewhat akin to rashness and conceit to make any addition to the already long list; yet, fifteen years' experience in my profession as a teacher of languages, and practical considerations arising from the fact of my having to deal with a large and intelligent connection, in the midst of a rapidly increasing community, have induced me to give publicity to the PRACTICAL and THEORETICAL system which I have pursued with considerable success for so long a period.

It may be that the intrinsic merits of my work, which I willingly submit to the fair criticism of my fellow-teachers, are few, and those not of a brilliant order; but I have strenuously endeavoured to reconcile and assimilate THEORY and PRACTICE, even for the young, and to produce a book which, while it leaves much scope for the individual talent and ingenuity of the intelligent teacher, may yet prove in his hands, whatever his preconceived notions may be, a convenient and useful text-book.

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Plain common-sense, simple logic, technicalities reduced to a minimum, and as few rules as are consistent with sound grammatical instruction, have been my chief aim; and although I was originally induced to publish this PRACTICAL FRENCH GRAMMAR especially for the use of my own pupils, I yet cherish a hope that my work may not prove unacceptable to the members of the profession in general.

PAUL BAUME.

1 NEWTON TERRACE, GLASGOW.

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