By Abraham Mendis Gunasekara
Excerpt from A finished Grammar of the Sinhalese Language: tailored for using English Readers and Prescribed for the Civil carrier Examinations
HE absence of a entire Grammar of the Sinhalese Language fitted to the necessities of English readers recommended to me a few years in the past the desirability of getting ready this type of paintings.
The manuscript used to be accomplished in June, 1885. In 1888 sanction used to be got for its being published on the Govern ment Press. due to the fact then numerous factors have not on time its factor.
Whatever relaxation i've been capable, as a central authority reliable, to commit to literary paintings, has no longer been spared in a conscientious endeavour to render the e-book beneficial of its item. I humbly belief that my efforts haven't been altogether unsuccessful.
In the practise of the current Grammar i've got availed myself of numerous works on Sinhalese Grammar, through either old and smooth authors. it's been written in a kind top tailored to fit those people who are acquainted with ecu Grammars. due to the multiplicity of ex amples and motives, and the advent of a few subject no longer possibly strictly appertaining to the province of a Grammar, yet prone to be of use, its scope has passed the boundaries initially meditated.
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And all such proper names, or proper nouns, as you call them, must be written with a capital letter, must they? " "Sir," answered Mr. Noun, "littleness or bigness makes no difference. " "Well, Mr. Noun," said Serjeant Parsing, "your ideas of what is proper seem to me rather peculiar, but I suppose Dr. " Dr. Syntax silently bowed his head. The Judge then spoke. "Mr. Noun, you have claimed a great many words, and it remains to be seen whether all the other Parts-of-Speech agree to these words being yours.
Is and am ought to be used according to the laws of Grammar-land instead of be, but as they both express something about being they are said to be parts of the verb to be. In the same way has is part of the verb to have, ate is part of the verb to eat, and swam is part of the verb to swim. "That is very learned, I daresay," said Serjeant Parsing, "but will you kindly tell us, Dr. " "You cannot guess, of course," retorted Dr. Verb, sharply. "I never said you were to guess. You must use your reason, to find out whether they have the same sort of meaning.
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A comprehensive grammar of the Sinhalese language,: Adapted for the use of English readers and prescribed for the civil service examinations by Abraham Mendis Gunasekara