1719, Dec1778, May 2
an author and grammarian. Her A New Grammar published in 1745 makes her the earliest published female author on English grammar, with deference to Elizabeth Elstob who published a grammar for English-Saxon in 1715, though not English in the same sense. As indicated in the title, A New Grammar with Exercises of Bad English, Ann's book used examples of poor English to teach grammar. A New Grammar also attacked the use of Latin rules in the vernacular, and was the first to suggest the pronoun he could be used for both sexes, which may also have helped propel the book to over 30 editions in subsequent years.
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