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ERIC Number: ED016667
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966
Pages: 38
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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THE "NEW" GRAMMAR, A SHORT INTRODUCTION FOR SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS.
MARSH, MARILYN
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Authoring Institution: Nebraska State Dept. of Education, Lincoln.
Identifiers: NEW GRAMMAR