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A Reference Grammar of Modern Italian Hardcover – 1 Mar 2000

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  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Arnold (1 Mar. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340676361
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340676363
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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...an excellent grammar, impressive for its completeness of coverage and clarity of exposition...makes effective use of current assumptions in linguistics and of recent advances in the description of the Italian language. Also includes original observations and analyses not available elsewhere. A significant addition to the literature, which will prove difficult to surpass.
Giulio Lepschy, Professor of Italian, University o

...a remarkable achievment in its vast and comprehensive description of the modern Italian langauge. The degree of detail in most areas covered will make consultation of this work a rewarding experince even for the seasoned and, I would venture to say, for the native speaker of Italian too.
...this book delves skillfully into every nook and cranny of the Italian langauge.
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For the final word on all aspects of Italian grammar

A Reference Grammar of Modern Italian is the authority of how the language is spoken and written in Italy and in the rest of the Italian-speaking world. Inside you will find everything you need to know to read and write in Italian confidently.

Each grammar element is clearly explained and accompanied by plentiful examples, many paired with their English equivalent. Extensive cross-referencing of topics will help you find what you need quickly and easily. With this comprehensive reference at your side, you'll find yourself reading and writing in Italian with confidence.

A Reference Grammar of Modern Italian gives you:

  • Correct usage in the appropriate situations­­formal, colloquial, popular, and familiar
  • The latest additions to Italian vocabulary, including language dealing with e-mail and the Internet
  • Examples from Italian newspapers, novels, publications, and other media so you can see exactly how the language is used today

Just some of the topics covered by this authority on Italian grammar:
Interrogative structures * Uses of verb forms * Aspects of sentence structure * Negative constructions * Conjunctions and discourse markers * Word derivation * Forms of address

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123 of 127 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Aug. 2002
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As a self-taught student of Italian, I have bought many grammar books on this subject, but none even come close to the clarity and accessibility of this book.
Every challenging aspect of grammar is clearly explained, with a wealth of examples. The content is simply unrivalled by any other publication.
All of my other books are simply gathering dust on the shelves. I attributed my slow comprehension to slow learning ability, but it was only when I bought this book that I realised how poorly and ambiguously other publications fare compared to this book.
Don't waste your money on other Italian grammar books when you can get your hands on this one. It will save you a lot of time and money.
A sincere and very appreciative thanks to the authors of this astounding book. As far as learning Italian goes, this is my Bible! Mille grazie.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Davide Mazzetti on 13 Dec. 2008
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This is one of the best Italian Grammar books I have ever bought. It goes into great detail on every aspect of grammar and sentence construction. One reviewer has remarked that some of the examples are over formal - a justifiable comment, but the inclusion of such examples has it place since much written Italian IS very formal in style and one needs to be prepared for this.
This isn't a book to be read through as a course in learning Italian - it is, as its title states, a reference grammar. If you're ever stuck for knowing whether to use 'avere' or 'essere' in a compound tense, this book will tell you all that you're ever likely to want to know.
Throughly recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By abstract alto on 18 Oct. 2010
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This is an excellent book. Like some of the other reviewers I am teaching myself Italian and much of the time, whether reading Italian literature or doing grammar exercises or even when visiting Italy, it is as if I am in a bit of a fog. This book brings clarity. It is well-written and reliable, it cuts no corners and it gives one confidence even when dealing with the most subtle nuances of the language. For me the examples taken from real language sources are an especially good feature, they bring the process to life and are a major part of the surprising excitement of working with it.

I bought this grammar because previous reviewers had mentioned the worth of the companion Practising Italian Grammar volume of exercises and I agree that that too is very good.

In conclusion I can only add my own expression of immense gratitude to all whose work has gone into this item.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Mickleburgh on 25 May 2011
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A Reference GRAMMAR OF MODERN ITALIAN combines ease of use with a comprehensive guide to Italian grammar. The most user-friendly aspect is that there are many different ways to find exactly what you need: the index and chapter headings are very clear. I also like the way that unnecessary detail is left out and you are given complete coverage and clarity without repeating basically the same information. All in all, this is probably the most useful Italian language book I have used. It is an excellent detailed reference guide of modern Italian
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hamper on 27 Nov. 2010
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This book is very comprehensive and gives some good examples to explain the point. However, I would say that you need a good understanding of English grammatical terms to make best use of this book. I think it is useful for people doing A level and above but possibly too advanced for users not at this standard
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