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English Grammar for Students of French: The Study Guide for Those Learning French Paperback – Aug 1997


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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Olivia & Hill Pr; 4th edition (August 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 093403429X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0934034296
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #735,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I recommend this series to anyone I know who is studying a language. These are the best, simplest and most easily understood grammar books I have ever come across. They have helped me tremendously
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What a find! This book is well written, and has grammar rules laid out in a logical format. Unlike many other grammar books this text uses French-language examples alongside English phrases to demonstrate proper usage. I recommend it highly to any student of French
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By "athenasjavelin" on Feb. 21 2003
Format: Paperback
I am surprised that others have not found this book useful. As an English major in college (someone you would expect to have a greater-than-average grasp on grammar) I found myself lacking in a number of grammer concepts.
When you study French, you are confronted with concepts like "definite,indefinite and partitive articles". Now, in English, you will often use the article which "sounds right". This is actually when you compare your mental database of conversations,schooling, etc to the 2 or 3 options listed, and make an educated guess. Often, you can guess the right answer without actually understanding why it is the right answer, or understanding the concept behind the article.
This book is great for understanding this type of problem. The book explains what an article is (the, a , an) and how they are used in English. Then the book gives you the complementary article in French (de, de l',du) and how it is used in French.
This greatly helped my understand my native English, and how to translate my ideas into French.
The book also covers tense. Even in English, tense is not just past,present and future;tense is also ideas like "am going to go" "I was going to go" and "I am going right now".
The book covers the idea of possessive adjectives (my,yours,his), possessive pronouns (mine,yours, his) which look almost identical in English, and demonstrative pronouns like "this one" and "those/these".
However, this book is an easy read. It is not in "grammer-ese". It is well broken up, so that chapters are only 2-6 pages - enough that you can do one concept at a time.Concepts are explained very simply and examples are given that make it easy to understand.
This book is well worth buying.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jacqueline Morton on April 25 2002
Format: Paperback
I am the author of this book and could not find a way to communicate with your site to tell you that you have an outdated edition of the book on your site. The book is in the Fifth edition and you are selling the Fourth. You do have a way for publishers or authors to communicate with you?
Thank you.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 20 2004
Format: Paperback
I have been trying to figure out french grammar for a while and reading and many books to understand it. I have to say this has to be the best book out there. It is an easy book to understand and explains it so well.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Responsive Reader on Feb. 25 2002
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I cannot emphasize enough just how necessary and crucially important this book is to own for college students of French, from 1st year/2nd semester, up to more advanced levels. This book is readable, concise, and easy to understand for English-speaking students studying French. Simply by juxtaposing French and English sentences, it teaches you French grammar from the viewpoint of English grammar, which makes it awfully ease to comprehend. It covers every single basic grammatical form, from the past tense (passe compose) to the future perfect tense (le futur anterieur). You cannot possibly go wrong with this book. The only thing you really need with this book is a good, solid memory. However, if your ambition is to engulf the full command of French grammar, such as those who intend to be French writers' someday, then buy Advanced French Grammar (c1999) along with this book. I own both, and they have both served as "end-all" bombs in conquering the difficulties in learning to read and write French. Take my advice, buy this book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JV on April 21 2009
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I have collected many books on french grammar throughout my studies, but this supplementary book really helps explains the grammar in a way that all of my other books have not. It compares english and french to explain to Anglophones how french works. I really like how the sentence structures are explained- the writer assumes that you are learning it for the first time, so everything is really easy to follow along.

I definitely recommend this book!

-JV
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. H. Wiebe on March 1 2001
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I have taught French at a university for 32 years, and have recommended this book to my students through all its editions. Many of today's college students were never taught anything at all about grammar in high school, making it difficult to grasp concepts like "the adjective agrees with the noun." This will take the mystery out of grammatical terminology. Parallel examples in English and in French make explanations clear. This latest edition has added exercises. I believe that it's well worth the money. Foreign language learning is much easier when the general concepts can be grasped and clearly understood. This book will help you do that.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "auntieboo" on April 30 2002
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I purchased this book as one of the required texts for a class I took at my college. This book is very helpful because not only does it increase your understanding of French grammar, it reminds you of the ins and outs of English grammar that you may not have seen or studied in years. The book is nicely divided into chapters that clearly explain important grammar basics. Another essential text for the serious student, and also for thse who want to brush up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Todd Lee Goen on Feb. 11 2002
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Excellent grammatical reference for students of both English and French. This book could be very helpful in teaching and/or learning a languge. The comparisons of each language, its syntax, and grammar are especially helpful. The nice aspect of this book is that it devotes time to all grammar concerns, not just a few. This book would be a great resource for the French/English scholar.
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