Grammar: Proposition

Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.—Abraham Lincoln, “Gettysburg Address”
Express a thought about Abraham Lincoln by means of a copula and a predicate (logical form). Express a thought about the Civil War by means of a direct predicate

The proposition and the simple sentence

From A New English Grammar for Schools, by Thomas Harvey:

1. A proposition is a thought expressed in words. 

Find the first sentence in the narrative here
How many propositions does it contain?
How many propositions does the third sentence contain?
The eighth sentence?
The second sentence?
What is a sentence?

2. A sentence may consist of one proposition or of several propositions.

Write in order the propositions contained in the first sentence of the narrative found here.

3. A simple sentence consists of a single proposition

Ex.—“Flowers bloom.” “Who is he?” “Tread lightly.” “How glad I am!” 


Make an outline and write a composition upon the narrative subject, Abraham Lincolns Last Days.”

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