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Practice Makes Perfect Spanish Verb Tenses Paperback – Jan 11 1996


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (Jan. 11 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0844273341
  • ISBN-13: 978-0844273341
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.6 x 27.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 821 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #247,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Dorothy Richmond is an experienced teacher of Spanish and successful author of Spanish language-learning grammars.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dan Sehnal on Oct. 10 2003
Format: Paperback
Verbs are the heart of any language. If you want to become knowledgable and facil at not only conjugting verbs but understanding the contextual usage and rules governing the uses of the verbs, then this is the book for you. I think that anyone interested in studying Spanish, especially if they want to study it on their own, should have this workbook as part of their repertoire. I have found it invaluable. I recommend it highly. (I have also purchased and studied Richmond's Pronouns and Preposition workbook and the reviews are similar.)
I have given the book a 4 star rating rather than five for the following reasons:
1. Lack of an index: (The same is true of the Pronouns and Preposition workbook.) I find it hard to comprehend how a contemporary academic book can be published without an index. There is a tremendous amount of valuable information contained in this book but being limited to the Table of Contents or to ones memory of where a specific item can be found is debilitating. This is a terrible ommission.
2. After studying the book thoroughly twice, my workbook is riddled with tabs and annotations in search of clarifications. A bit of addtional clarification and some additional examples before the author goes off into the exercises would potentially eliminate a considerable amount of confusion. The sections on Ser and Estar are a good example. It appears that sufficient explanaions are provided in the book (in the section on Ser for exaple) until one delves into further exercises in subsequent chapters of the book. There, knowledge of the full use of "Ser" is assumed, but referencing back to the original chapeter on "Ser" leaves one empty handed (in some but not all cases) as to why "Ser" was used rather than "Estar.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brandon Simpson on July 24 2008
Format: Paperback
This book on Spanish verb tenses is the best I've ever seen. In fact, it is probably the only book of its kind. I haven't seen any other books like this one, probably because it would be a waste of time for someone else to write a book like this.

The book first explains the present tense in great detail. It explains how the present tense is used in every possibleway. Although, it doesn't explain that the present tense is often used to convey a future action more often than the actual future is.

Richmond's explanation of the past tenses is also very good, but I didn't like how the imperfect and the preterit were explained. What I did like was how the author explains that the irregular preterit conjugations have predictable patterns.

The subjunctive is explained towards the end, which is one of the most difficult things to master in Spanish grammar. I didn't particularly care for the author's explanation of the subjunctive because it seems to be a "regurgitation" of how other books explain it.

All in all, this book is well worth its price. Every Spanish student (and teacher) should have a copy of "Practice Makes Perfect: Spanish Verb Tenses."

Brandon Simpson
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chris Salzer on June 17 2003
Format: Paperback
This book has helped me tremendously in learning Spanish. Having learned a plethora of vocab, I found myself somewhat stalled in my ability to actually coelesce sentences and make coherent sense. The first chapter in regular ar, er, and ir verb conjugations alone proves worth the reasonable price. This is a big workbook of sorts that has plenty of space for you to write in your responses in the exercises(which come early and often) and makes for an easy and effective learning tool.
I also am learning useful vocab along the way as I learn the verbs. I am very impressed with this book and recommend it highly to those who want to learn Spanish quickly on their own.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 19 2003
Format: Paperback
I began working as a teacher at a school where many students and parents don't speak English. I poured over this book and its companion, Spanish Pronouns and Prepositions to review the Spanish I took in college and in high school (and hadn't had in several years). Within three months of review I took my state's Spanish Profiency Test for teachers and passed. I don't think I could have done it with out reviewing with these books. THe other review books I had were too long and drawn out. The instructions in the Practice Makes Perfect books were simple and clear and provided the ample practice problems I was looking for.
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By Andrea N. on Sept. 22 2007
Format: Paperback
It's crazy that you can buy this book for only $12. It's full of useful information that will help you understand how to use verbs in different tenses... the explanations are clear and there are examples after them and plenty of useful exercises (mostly translating sentences and paragraphs but there are a few true and false) . Going through the book thoroughly once, I've improved my spanish and I'm now a lot more confident with using verbs. There are a couple things that would have been good to include...
One thing is, like another person said, mixing things that you have gone over earlier in the book with newer info for exercises. It would help a lot. Going over irregular verbs even more would help as well. Still, the book is great, lots of info, lots of exercises, I've been studying spanish for a while and I don't see any noticeable typos..there's a little dictionary part at the back, spanish-english and english-spanish. The book is well organized and in my opinion, it's worth even 5 times the price.
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