Harry Stuart Vedder Jones, an English professor of the University of Illinois, released Words and Sentences in 1919 with the intention of making his work as reference material for both teachers and students alike, despite the author's contention that "correct English is traditionally not a subject that appeals irresistibly to students."
Professor Jones gives much gravity on the matter of developing one's vocabulary and using each word aptly by beginning his instruction on this very subject. He includes in his discussion a concise historical background of the development of modern English words and provides a useful list of Latin prefixes, which gives learners better clues on the meaning and derivation of certain expressions.
Aside from the meaning and standing of words, the author also discusses proper spelling, correct pronunciation, and grammar, including the various parts of speech. The rhetoric of the sentences is also included in this edition.
At the end of each chapter is a number of exercises that help readers better understand what has been discussed. The last part of the book, the appendix, also contains punctuation and capitalization guides and rules, as well as verb conjugations.
All in all, Words and Sentences reveals Professor Jones' passion for the English language and his skill in explaining fundamental concepts. Despite the fact that this title is already decades old, it won't be out of place in a modern English class and thus still remains a good educational resource for students and teachers.