Encouraged by the success of the Polish Grammar of Wladislas Paulus, of which, in 1914, I published a second edition in the German language, I have fulfilled the wishes of the publisher Julius Groos, who requested me to write an English edition of the book. The chief part of it was finished during the European War, in 1917, in a small village near the German front of Verdun, but the work could not be printed before the year 1920.
This Elementary Polish Grammar is intended to facilitate the study of the language for beginners, and will suffice for those who wish to learn the Polish language for practical purposes and even in general for those who desire to read works of Polish literature. They who desire to reach higher aims will naturally be obliged to continue their studies by the help of a scientific grammar, of which there are some very good ones, in German, as, eg., that of Soerensen, entitled: "Polnische Grammatik in systematischer Darstellung" (Leipzig, Verlag von Haberland, 1900).
By going through this Elementary Grammar, learners will soon perceive that Polish can, as well as any other dead or living language, be studied and learned without the assistance of a teacher. To this end a Key of the Exercises has been issued.
At the end of this Preface I feel the obligation to thank those who have helped me in composing a good and correct text, both in English and Polish.