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Conjunctive or Connective Adverb, in some cases ; Subordinative Conjunction, in other cases.—Mason.
Subordinating Conjunction.-Bain. 465. therefore. 'for that,' 'for that cause,' 'for that
Such words as therefore, consequently, &c., are not conjunctions, but demonstrative adverbs.'-Mason, § 408; compare § 292 and S$ 266, 285.
Adverb, denoting Cause and Effect.—Bain, p. 45.
Co-ordinating Conjunction of the Illative Class, ex
pressing effect or consequence.-Id. p. 67. though. A.-S. theah; Old English thah:
Richard, thah thou be ever trichard,
Song on Richard of Cornwall.
Subordinating Conjunction.-Bain. thus. A.-S. thus, thus,'.so. Compare A.-S. thes, of this,
for this,' 'thus, probably from thæs, the genitive of
Bain. 466. unless. Skinner suggests two derivations of this word:
(1) one-less, that is, one being taken away;' or rather, (2) from onlesan, 'to dismiss,' set free,' as though it were Hoc dimisso. Horne Tooke accepts the latter derivation, and sees another proof in favour of his theory that conjunctions are often formed from the imperative mood of verbs; here from onles, dismiss.'
He quotes several passages to prove that the word was written onlesse and onles : as,
It was not possible for them to make whole
Christes cote without seme, onlesse certeyn
Trial of Sir John Oldcastle, anno 1413.
like an aungel.—Lupset, Treatise of Charitie,
We have the change of on to un in un-to for on-to,
Less is the comparative adjective; and in form,
Relative or Conjunctive Adverb; or Subordinating
.after.'-Bain, p. 72.
whennes, 'from what place?'
Continuative Conjunctions. Morell.
Relative or Conjunctive Adverbs.—Bain. wherefore. "for which, for which cause,' 'for which
Conjunctive Adverb of the Illative Class.-Morell.
Co-ordinating Conjunction of the Illative Class.
Id. p. 67. whether. A.-S. hwæðre, called by Dr. Bosworth a Conjunctive Adverb; derived from the
hwoeder (whether ?', which of two ?' Termed :
Subordinating Conjunction.-Bain. while. This word is derived from the A.-S. noun hwil
hwile, ' a while, time,' duration.' In Anglo-Saxon
we find the phrase tha hwile, the while, and tha
hwile the, 'the while that.'-Matth. v. 25.
Relative or Conjunctive Adverb; or Subordinating
Conjunction.--Bain. why. A.-S. hwi, why,' wherefore,' 'for what cause,'
• for what reason.'
case of the interrogative pronoun hwa, hwæt,
who?' what ?' Termed:
Conjunctive or Connective Adverb.-Mason.
Relative or Conjunctive Adverb.-Bain. 468. yet. A.-S. gyt. Horne Tooke would derive this
word from getan or gytan, 'to get; ' but this is doubtful. Sir John Stoddart calls the word an Adverb, but remarks, where yet is used for “ also,” “ moreover," or "nevertheless," it is properly to be considered as a Conjunction; but the distinction between a Conjunction and a Relative Adverb is not always easy to be drawn.'— Universal Grammar, p. 87.
Continuative Conjunction.-Morell, p. 90.
Conjunction or Conjunctive Adverb of the Adversative Class.-Id.
469. Prepositions were originally, and for a long time, classed with conjunctions; and when first separated from them, were only distinguished by the name of Prepositive Conjunctions.
Some of the Greek grammarians, considering that prepositions connect words, as conjunctions connect sentences, ranked both the preposition and the conjunction under the common head of connective (oúvdeojos); and the Stoics called the preposition the 'preposed connective' (ovvềequos a poetikos).
In the Greek and Latin languages, the words thus distinguished were most commonly placed immediately before the substantives which they governed ; and this accidental circumstance was unfortunately selected by some grammarians to give name to the pre-position.
If this was their notion, the view was inaccurate; for even in Latin, tenus was always placed after the noun which it governed. So Plautus has mederga for erga me; and cum occupies a similar position in the words mecum, tecum, nobiscum, vobiscum.
To meet these variations, some grammarians were not ashamed to make a class of postpositive prepositions, which is a manifest contradiction of terms; for the same word cannot be at once after-placed' and 'fore-placed.'
There is, however, one aspect of the case, which may account for the origin of the term. In composition with verbs, in Greek and Latin, the preposition generally precedes the verb, and forms one word with it; whereas in English (and this we shall find to be a very important fact), the preposition usually follows the verb, and is written separately. 470. A preposition is a word which is used :
1. To express the relation in which one substantive stands
to another: as, "The middle of the street,' The hat on
the table,''the crumbs under the table.' 2. To connect a substantive with a verb : as, 'He went
through the city,' "They passed under the bridge.' 3. To connect a substantive with an adjective: as, • Не
is ready for anything.' 4. In composition with verbs; most commonly after the
verb: as, carry off,' run through,' take out. In some cases, however, the preposition is prefixed, as 'overthrow,' 'under-go.' It is curious to observe, that to set up' is to establish ;' but to upset' is to over
turn;' and to take up' a cause is to : undertake' it. Certain prepositions correspond to the case-endings of nouns in Greek and Latin. Thus of answers to the genitive case; to and for to the dative; from, by, and with to the ablative.
As English is a mixed language, we shall find it necessary to consider the English prepositions, strictly so called, and the Latin prepositions. The necessity of this will fully appear when we discuss the subject of Composition.
471. The simple original prepositions in English are these : a, at, but, by, for, fore, from, in, on, of, over, out, till, to, through, up, with.
Down and since are employed as prepositions. 472. a. The word a appears to be a remnant of the Anglo
Saxon preposition an, ' in,' 'on.' It is used before the gerund (or infinitive) in -ing: as, 'a-coming,' 'a-going, a-walking,' 'a-shooting;' and before nouns, as 'a-bed,'
a-board,' a-shore,' a-foot.' Our sailors have preserved many specimens of this, and of other old English
forms. Dr. Wallis supposes a to be the proposition at. Dr. Lowth rather thinks it is the preposition on. For at has relation chiefly to place; whereas on has a more general relation, and may be applied to action, as well as to place : ‘I was on coming, on going, &c.' So, likewise, the phrases above-mentioned, 'a-bed,' &c., exactly answer to on bed,' on board,' on foot. Dr. Bentley plainly supposed a to be the same with on, as appears from the following passage :
He would have a learned University to make barbarisms a
purpose.—Dissertation on Phalaris, p. 223. See Lowth, English Grammar, p. 95.
at. A.-S. æt.