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March 5 2012 007178781X 978-0071787819 2

Build your confidence in your French skills with practice, practice, practice!

From present tense regular verbs to double object pronouns, this comprehensive guide and workbook covers all those aspects of French grammar that you might find a little intimidating or hard to remember. Practice Makes Perfect: Complete French Grammar focuses on the practical aspects of French as it's really spoken, so you are not bogged down by unnecessary technicalities. Each unit features crystal-clear explanations, numerous realistic examples, and dozens of engaging exercises in a variety of formats--including multiple choice, fill-in sentences and passages, sentence rewrites, and creative writing--perfect for whatever your learning style.

Whenever possible, explanations include comparisons you to understand the basic logic behind the rules and to remember correct usage. This new edition includes:

  • Time-saving vocabulary panels that eliminate having to look words up
  • Advice on how to avoid common mistakes
  • A detailed answer key for quick, easy progress checks

Offering a winning formula for getting a handle on French grammar right away, Practice Makes Perfect: Complete French Grammar your ultimate resource for learning to speak French the way the native speakers do.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Feb. 5 2014
By Oxana
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A really good book.
I was recommended this book on the french courses. A lot of practice, good for brain developing.
Not very expensive.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good book! Nov. 8 2013
By lala
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it provide a lot of exercises which is my main reason to buy it. it allows one to practice many things. I love this book. and its big, and detailed. it also covers many types of topics.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Nov. 4 2013
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Useful, good help to learn the French grammar. Excellent way to put into practice my lessons, it takes time but having a way to practise what is learned is essential
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book! Feb. 13 2013
By Earl
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The book is very well done; explanations are very clear and followed by exercises which are great. Unlike other grammar books this one has about 50 exercises for each rule.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For The Advanced Beginner - Very Helpful and Includes Audio! May 2 2012
By Reader - Published on Amazon.com
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Note that this review is for the latest 2012 edition, while any review written earlier than this year is for an earlier edition, although it's not clear how much has changed. But, there is definitely one feature which was overlooked (if it existed) by at least one earlier reviewer.

I purchased this because I am interested in learning French well enough to gain valuable points towards being "selected" by the Quebec government for immigration from the US. I also travel to Paris every few years. Background - I took one semester of high school French 20 years ago, before switching to a different language. In the mid-2000s, I attended a two-year graduate program at an English language university in Montreal, where I was immersed in an everyday French environment (signs, most shop-keepers, etc.) although my studies were in English and for the most part everyone I encountered could speak some English. During the two years I lived in Montreal, I made three separate trips to Paris, and noted that I felt very comfortable there (in contrast to the "out of my element" feeling I felt on earlier Paris trips.) Still, my speaking and oral comprehension of French was and is very limited - including basic niceties, ordering in a restaurant in fractured French, etc.. Nevertheless, because of these experiences I do have some familiarity with French. Yet, while I can make out the general meaning of something basic I read, I could not compose many grammatically correct sentences in French, even if I knew the basic vocabulary.

Some earlier reviewers have mentioned that this grammar book is not really suitable for the complete and utter beginner, and I agree. The introduction to the book even says that it is designed as a review and study tool for the advanced beginner or intermediate student of French. At the start, it does assume that you know a bit about languages - verb tense and conjugation, etc.. The exercises also use vocabulary which will be unfamiliar to the beginner (although there is a dictionary of sorts in the back.) And, the directions to each exercise are written in French. This is not appropriate for most people who have had no exposure at all to the language. I worried that I was not as "advanced" a beginner as was necessary, but so far I have not had problems with the exercises. If I look ahead to the next exercise, I might not understand what it is asking me to do, but if I first read the grammar lesson leading up to the exercise (as, of course, is required, and this is in English) then I usually can figure out what I am supposed to do. If all else fails, there are a lot of online translation sites.

I am using this in conjunction with a more expanded vocabulary book, and the Rosetta Stone software, with the hope of getting advanced enough to slide into an intermediate or advanced intermediate in-person class, prior to taking a French qualifying test for immigration.

At least one reviewer mentioned that users might like to be able to hear the words used in the book. NOTE - there is a FREE AUDIO option (which may be new to this edition, I'm not sure.) It might be easy to overlook, but both the back of the book and the last page of the book direct users to a free McGraw-Hill language website (which, by the way, is accessible to anyone and does not require a product code for use.) After working your way through an exercise in the book, you can check the answer key in the back, but you can also hear the answers spoken on this website. It's a great way to add another dimension to your learning, and reinforce the material.

Overall, a great buy for me, and appropriate for a beginner with some French exposure, when supplemented with other materials. If you are a complete and utter beginner, a basic beginner textbook would be more appropriate.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars just what I was looking for March 2 2013
By Rhonda Hearon - Published on Amazon.com
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I needed a grammar supplement for my independent study student because modern textbooks are a bit phrenetic in their attempt to integrate culture and imitate real-life language acquisition. Most textbooks simply do not offer enough plain drills to give students the repetition they need to master the basic grammar of French. This book is simple, clear, and thorough. My student is learning the structure of the language. Hooray!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it. April 17 2013
By Me - Published on Amazon.com
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I absolutely love this book. If you are a complete beginner, you might want to learn at least a little French before starting this book. This really helps you with pronunciation as well because it has an online audio answer key. I highly recommend this book if you know at least a little French and are looking to advance in the language.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Review, Not For Beginners Jan. 28 2013
By William D. Mullinix - Published on Amazon.com
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The order of the topics is very different from traditional text books, covering the formation and use of verb tenses and moods before nouns, pronouns, etc. This means I finally get to practice points that I barely had touched on in the courses I was able to complete. Of course, this only works if one has a knowledge of the basic principles of the language, but the abundance of exercises provides just the sort of instruction I need.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great help Oct. 20 2012
By Elayne Molbreak - Published on Amazon.com
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A really comprehensive and practical aid to improving your french. Wish I would have bought it before now. I needed the verb tense help and this does the trick.
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