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English Grammar for Students of French: The Study Guide for Those Learning French [Paperback]

Jacqueline Morton
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August 1997 093403429X 978-0934034296 4th
To assist in mastering French grammar, this text explains a concept as it applies to English and presents the same concept as it applies to French. It illustrates the differences between the two languages and guides the selection of the correct form.
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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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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great book! Feb. 21 2003
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Outdated edition April 25 2002
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally!!! July 20 2004
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Gets to the root of the grammar April 21 2009
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!

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Book is Worth Every Single Dime!! Feb. 25 2002
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars English Grammar for Students of French April 26 2013
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I bought this book because I did not understand how a French sentence was put together. I was very confused and so I researched on line and found that this book was highly recommended. I have only covered the first nine chapters out of forty-four and already I have a greater understanding of the French language. I am learning French on my own with the help of a purchased program and have found this book to be a great help.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cool book April 29 2014
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I've used this book to understand the ENGLISH jargon applied to language. Pluperfect? WTF? So I reach for this book and read what the pluperfect is and I can get on with my life. And studying French.
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I used this book to supplement what I was learning in the classroom. It has helped me understand points I missed or didn't completely understand in class. The class is taught entirely in French so even though I studied English in university, I need it. I use it to go over a concept before we study it in class and as a review before exams. I even brought it to class to show all my classmates. Several of them showed up with their own copies the following week.
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