A Short introduction of grammar

The chief improvement of this Latin textbook over those which had preceeded it was that the explanations of the rules of grammar were set out in English, three different font styles were used, and the various forms of nouns and verbs were set out in full rather than in abbreviated form. Thus, the verb amo - to love - appeared as Amo, Amas, Amat, Amamamus, Amatis, Amant, rather than Amo / as / at, Amamus / atis / ant.

The Elizabethan publication, commonly known as Lily's Latin Grammar, was a small paper-covered pamphlet of about 200 pages. The basic work, having gone through over 300 editions, persisted in use in English schools until the middle of the nineteenth-century.

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A shorte introduction of grammar generallye to be used ..., 1552
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The Rules of Latin
The eighteenth-century Latin textbook Cheever's Accidence, used in post-colonial America and on which the article focuses, was based closely on the format of Lily's Short introduction of grammar. A reproduction of a page from Lily is included.