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LONDON:

FRANZ THIMM,
FOREIGN BOOKSELLER, 88, NEW BOND STREET.

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PREFACE.

Learn a foreign language as you learned your mothertongue : this is in a few words the Method which Prof. Ahn, has adopted in his grammars for foreign languages.

It is the way that nature herself follows, it is the same which the mother uses in speaking to her child, repeating to it a hundred times the same words, combining them imperceptibly, and succeeding in this way to make it speak the same language she speaks. To learn in this manner is no longer a study, it is an amusement.

Several Italian Grammars which have been published abroad on Abn's System have been made use of for this work, namely those by: Manitius, Filippi, Koernbach and Fornasari, the excellent Grammar of the former is the nearest approach to Abn; but in our Grammar the plan and intention of the system which has been so sucessfully adopted by the Author have been strictly adhered to and carried out, and it is hoped it will be welcomed by teachers and Schools.

The Copyright for England, France and Germany is secured

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The Pronunciation . .

!· · · · · · · · · · · · · · Declensions with the definitive Article . . . . . . . Declension of a Substantive beginning with an impure s

or a vowel . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Declensions of a Feminine Substantive. . . . . . .
Formation of the Plural . . . . . . . . . ..
Indefinite Article . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Partitive Article . . . .
Contractions of the Article with the Prepositions
On the use of the Article . . . . . . . . ..
Declension of Proper Names ........
The Genitive „di“ of . . . . . . . . . . . . .
The Dative „a“ to . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Formation of the Plural of Nouns . . . . . . . .
The Gender of Nouns . . . . . . . . . .
The Formation of the Feminine . . . . . . . . .
The Adjective .........
The Plurals of Adjectives ....
Position of Adjectives . . . . . . . . . . . .
The Comparison of Adjectives . . . . . . . . .
Comparisons in equal and unequal degrees
The Superlative . . . . . . . . . . . .
Irregular Comparisons . . . . . . . . . . . .
On the Augmentatives and Diminutives...
Numeral Adjectives. 1. Cardinal Numbers ...
Numeral Adjectives. 2. Ordinal Numbers . . . . .
Numeral Adjectives. 3. Fractional, Proportional, Collec-

tive and Distributive Numbers . . . . . . . . Of the different times . . . . . . . . . . . .

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