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Annie Heminway
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Oct. 9 2007 0071482849 978-0071482844 1

Polish your French grammar skills and communicate with more savoir-faire

The only way to build your confidence in a second language is to practice, practice, practice. From present tense of regular verbs to direct object pronouns, this comprehensive guide and workbook covers all aspects of French grammar that you need to master.

Focusing on the practical aspects of French as it's really spoken, each unit of Practice Makes Perfect: Complete French Grammar features clear explanations, numerous realistic examples, and dozens of engaging exercises.

Practice Makes Perfect: Complete French Grammar makes mastering grammar easy with:

  • Clear, down-to-earth, easy-to-follow explanations that make even the most complex principles easy to understand
  • Example sentences that illustrate and clarify each grammatical point
  • Dozens of exercises in formats suited to every learning style
  • Practical and high-frequency vocabulary used throughout
  • A detailed answer key for quick, easy progress checks

With help from this book, you can effortlessly use:
* Verbs ending in -oir * Infinitives * Relative pronouns * Gerunds * Pronominal verbs * Passé Composé * Expressions of time * Passive voice


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Annie Heminway teaches translation, creative writing and literature at the French Institute Alliance Française and is the author of Practice Makes Perfect: French Pronouns and Prepositions and Better Reading French.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Star! May 19 2011
By ames
Format:Paperback
This is my all time favorite book. I most definitely recommend it! For me, the first bit is a review because I knew french. This is perfect for a beginner. The conjugations are there, everything is in place! Great exercises and perfect explanations! The author is one amazing woman!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful June 15 2012
By Ade
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Nice review of grammar, very easy to follow. Mostly for beginners and lower intermediaries. Not very attractive. I didn't really find a use for it, mostly used better grammar books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars lean, smart, sort of fun, and it's grammar! March 30 2008
By E. Van Hook - Published on Amazon.com
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If you're studying French grammar, it's usually because you have to ( student) or you enjoy French and want to improve your writing. I find this book exceptional because it provides the basics but won't bore the advanced student or teacher. This is a clear, concise, guide to basic grammar without the excessive prattle that fills pages and inflates the price of textbooks while boring students to distraction.
It had been years since I studied French. When I picked up this smartly organized volume, I not only quickly began to recall what I thought I'd forgotten, but I also learned new concepts for thinking about grammar. Painless and highly recommended!
70 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best grammar workbook I've found Jan. 27 2008
By Alison Dundy - Published on Amazon.com
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As a language teacher, I think this is the best grammar guide I've found for my students and for anyone seeking to improve their French skills. The explanations are clear, the exercises useful, and the tables and verb charts are an easy to use and invaluable aid to anyone trying to write in French.
44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful grammar review Feb. 23 2008
By A. Conley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I found this book well-organized and easy to proceed through. I have a lot of experience with French (studied in high school and college), but needed a review, so for me it was perfect. I really can't say how it would be for someone just starting out; I think most folks would want to be able to hear the words. But there are some great websites for that, so perhaps in conjunction with the web, this would be a good starter French grammar book.
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars French grammar Oct. 28 2010
By Kate - Published on Amazon.com
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I like this workbook, but it is clearly not for beginners. I use it as a supplement with a reader for my French II class. I think its application is best for highschoolers who have a good base from French I with some reading experience, but the book does assume that the student either already can translate or is being taught every word in a standard classroom setting. It would frustrate a beginner, as it is not self-explanatory. And unless a parent is gifted, fluent or can spend a lot of time with their student, going through it on your would be tedious. It is thorough in teaching verb tenses & sentence structure. Vocab. is included in the sections. I like the sentence translation exercises, but again this is definitely an intermediate program. Excellent investment.
38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Eh June 5 2010
By J. Larson - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this initially based on the high reviews and a quick glance through the book. I wish I'd passed on it, though. It's not horrible, but it's not for the complete beginner -- maybe not even for the intermediate beginner. The exercises are straightforward if a bit tedious. There are lists of words but no context -- no narratives or vignettes -- which I think makes it harder to remember the words. It's easier to recall the meaning of a word when you think of it in the context in which you saw or used it, such as in a brief passage or story. Or at least it is for me. The other problem with the exercises is that there's a lot of unglossed vocabulary thrown in, not just the words you've encountered already. There's a dictionary in the back, but not all the words used are in it. There's also some ambiguity when they ask you to write an English sentence in French, and (so you think) there are several ways of wording it, but only once answer is given in the key in the back of the book. Overall I guess it's okay if you're a bit further along, but I would go with something more narrative and less by rote if you're just starting out.
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