Grammar of French Grammars on an Entirely New Plan. the Complete French Class-Book. New, Stereotyped Ed. , Improved

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1863 edition. Excerpt: ...and substantively. 468. F The French generally use the verb Avoir, and nouns preceded by De, in stating the size of any object; whereas the English employ the verb " to be," and adjectives: 1. Cette tour a 40 metres de hauteur.1 That tower is 40 metres high. 2. La riviere a 100 metres de largeur. The river is 100 metres wide. 469. ST De appears before the numeral when the object measured is not followed by a verb: Une piece de troiB metres de longueur, A room three metres long (or with the verb, Une piece qui a (468.) trois metres de longueur). 470. F Sur is generally used for "by" or "and," when comparing length, height, or breadth, &c: 1. That wen IS sixty metres deep by Ce puits A soixante metres de profondeur seven in circumference. sur sept de circonference. 2. That tree IS thirty metres in height, Cet arbre A trente metres de hauteur, and five in circumference. sur cinq de circonference. 3. Le lac de Geneve A 70 kilometres de longueur sur 13 de largeur. 471. tfiiF De expresses "by" after a comparative, or before a noun of number, measure, or weight, or a number relating to age: 1. He is taller than you are by two II est plus grand que vous de deux inches, by the whole head, &c. pouces, de toute la tete, &c. 2. It was too dear by one half. C'etait trop cher de moitie. 3. You are heavier than I am by ten kilos. Vous etes plus lourd que moi de 10 kilos. 4. He is youngerthan I am by three years. Il est plus jeune que moi de trois ans. 472. 1F Avoir is generally used in stating how many years old a person or thing is, was, will be, &c: 1. Quel age am-vous?--J'ai 26 ans (the What age...

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