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Distribution.       §6. But to understand better the use and force of Language, as
subservient to Instruction and Knowledge, it will be convenient to
consider,
      First, To what it is that Names, in the use of Language, are immediately
applied.
      Secondly, Since all (except proper) Names are general, and so
stand not particularly for this or that single Thing; but for sorts
and ranks of Things, it will be necessary to consider, in the next
place, what the Sorts and Kinds, or, if you rather like the Latin
Names, what the Species and Genera of Things are; wherein they con-
sist; and how they come to be made. These being (as they ought)
well looked into, we shall the better come to find the right use of
Words; the natural Advantages and Defects of Language; and the
remedies that ought to be used, to avoid the inconveniencies of
obscurity or uncertainty in the signification of Words, without
which, it is impossible to discourse with any clearness, or order,
concerning Knowledge: Which being conversant about Pro-
positions, and those most commonly universal ones, has greater
connexion with Words, than perhaps is suspected.
      These Considerations therefore, shall be the matter of the follow-
ing Chapters.
Locke Hum III, 1, §6, p. 404