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  • Hardcover: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (July 31 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415432308
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415432306
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 794 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,317,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'It will be indispensable for all English-speaking serious students of the Dutch language.' - Signpost, April 2000

'I have long sought a book which was able to clearly, though not necessarily simply, describe the Dutch language in a logical and comprehensible manner.' Amazon.co.uk reviewer

'An excellent reference grammar with clear explanations that do not require an in-depth understanding of generic grammatical terms.' Amazon.com reviewer

About the Author

Bruce Donaldson is a former lecturer in Dutch and German at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He is the author of Colloquial Dutch and Colloquial Dutch 2, Colloquial Afrikaans, German: An Essential Grammar and Mastering German Vocabulary (all published by Routledge)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susanne in NL on Aug. 11 2003
Format: Paperback
I totally agree with the other reviews about the value of this book. I have (and still use) Henry Stern's Dutch grammar book, but was to the point where I needed more information. Well, I sure got it! I was searching for something good but not quite as expensive as this book, but finally broke down and got it. It's well worth the cost.
I do think this should not be the choice for beginners, but for advanced learners that want the info without having to wade through reading a grammar book in Dutch I give it two thumbs up... heck, I'll borrow my Dutch boyfriend's thumbs and go for four thumbs up.
Bruce Donaldson's other book, Beyond the Dictionary in Dutch, is also awesome and great for someone with a little experience in the language.
Susanne Spangler
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Drew Blood on Oct. 28 2001
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Somewhere out there there may be a more comprehensive Dutch grammar for English speakers, but you won't need it unless you are a scholar. This book covers pretty much every useful grammatical topic you will need for learning Dutch. Thankfully, Dutch is not a particularly difficult language for English speakers, so that fact helps keep the size of this grammar manageable. Any assiduous student should be able to master it in less that six months. After reading it you should be able to read any newspaper; and although speaking is a totally different animal, there is no reason you should not have a good grounding in speaking proper Dutch. The book, however, does not delve into colloquialisms to a great degree.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eduardo Pinheiro on July 18 2000
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That's a very good grammar. I'm a Portuguese native speaker and it is very difficult to a Latin language speaker to learn a Germanic language, but this grammar made it easier. It even helped me with the German language. This one is great for beginners, everyone should buy it. With this book I was glad twice: I started to study an interesting language (Dutch) and I began to understand a very difficult language (German). Buy it, you won't be disappointed. It gives you a comprehensive explanation about all points of the Dutch language.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Dec 21 1998
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Bruce Donaldson is the doyen of English Dutch Teachers and his Comprehensive Grammar is far and away the best Dutch Grammer aimed at English speaking students available--far better than Professor Shetter's grammar cum text. It is an excellent reference grammar with clear explanations that do not require an in-depth understanding of generic grammatical terms. It is best used in conjunction with a text as a reference book. If you want to "read through" a brief summary of Dutch grammar, try Stern's Essential Grammar.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
The most useful Dutch grammar you will ever need Oct. 28 2001
By Drew Blood - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Somewhere out there there may be a more comprehensive Dutch grammar for English speakers, but you won't need it unless you are a scholar. This book covers pretty much every useful grammatical topic you will need for learning Dutch. Thankfully, Dutch is not a particularly difficult language for English speakers, so that fact helps keep the size of this grammar manageable. Any assiduous student should be able to master it in less that six months. After reading it you should be able to read any newspaper; and although speaking is a totally different animal, there is no reason you should not have a good grounding in speaking proper Dutch. The book, however, does not delve into colloquialisms to a great degree.
26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Great Dutch grammar July 18 2000
By Eduardo Pinheiro - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
That's a very good grammar. I'm a Portuguese native speaker and it is very difficult to a Latin language speaker to learn a Germanic language, but this grammar made it easier. It even helped me with the German language. This one is great for beginners, everyone should buy it. With this book I was glad twice: I started to study an interesting language (Dutch) and I began to understand a very difficult language (German). Buy it, you won't be disappointed. It gives you a comprehensive explanation about all points of the Dutch language.
31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
A Dutch Grammer for English Speakers Dec 21 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Bruce Donaldson is the doyen of English Dutch Teachers and his Comprehensive Grammar is far and away the best Dutch Grammer aimed at English speaking students available--far better than Professor Shetter's grammar cum text. It is an excellent reference grammar with clear explanations that do not require an in-depth understanding of generic grammatical terms. It is best used in conjunction with a text as a reference book. If you want to "read through" a brief summary of Dutch grammar, try Stern's Essential Grammar.
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
THE book you need Aug. 11 2003
By Susanne in NL - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I totally agree with the other reviews about the value of this book. I have (and still use) Henry Stern's Dutch grammar book, but was to the point where I needed more information. Well, I sure got it! I was searching for something good but not quite as expensive as this book, but finally broke down and got it. It's well worth the cost.
I do think this should not be the choice for beginners, but for advanced learners that want the info without having to wade through reading a grammar book in Dutch I give it two thumbs up... heck, I'll borrow my Dutch boyfriend's thumbs and go for four thumbs up.
Bruce Donaldson's other book, Beyond the Dictionary in Dutch, is also awesome and great for someone with a little experience in the language.
Susanne Spangler
For intermediate learners, yes, but still comprehensive Feb. 11 2010
By D.S. - Published on Amazon.com
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English-speaking learners of Dutch are done a great service by Bruce Donaldson. His comprehensive grammar [which I recommend be used in conjunction with the Routledge Essential Dutch Grammar and Dutch-English Dictionary] lives up to its name with its enormous scope, but unfortunately for the beginner, does away with the absolute basics and assumes that the reader already has these covered. Donaldson covers all manner of idiomatic usage in the book [particularly his extremely useful section on prepositions], though he unfortunately steers clear of modal particles. He explains away some constructions by recommending a parrot-fashion approach, but for the most part is very good at clarifying peculiar usages. For those interested in taking their Dutch explorations a step further, Kevin Cook's Dubbel Dutch serves as an excellent follow up to this volume [if you are: a. able to get your hands on it and b. willing to foot its price tag]

PS: The discrepancy in price between hardcover and paperback editions of this book is absurd. Stick to paperback.


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