- Paperback: 632 pages
- Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 2nd Revised Edition edition (18 May 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0631207570
- ISBN-13: 978-0631207573
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.5 x 23.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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A Comprehensive Russian Grammar (Blackwell Reference Grammars) Paperback – 18 May 2000
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"With the additions of a helpful glossary and of a major section on word formation in the Russian noun, Terence Wade′s Comprehensive Russian Grammar, already the best reference book of its kind, has, in its second edition, become even more useful for students of Russian." Barry P. Scherr, Professor of Russian, Dartmouth College
"Students (and other readers) will now have quick and easy access to some of the finer (and very tricky) points of Russian language, in addition to very solid and thorough materials which already make up the Grammar." Margaret Tejerizo, Lecturer in Russian Language and Literature, University of Glasgow
Reviews of the First Edition:
"The coverage and fresh, interesting examples make Wade′s grammar attractive . . . It will certainly be a standard reference work over the next fifty years." The Slavonic Review
"The most complete, accurate and authoritative English–language refernece grammar of Russian ever published." Choice
Praise for the previous edition:
"With the additions of a helpful glossary and of a major section on word formation in the Russian noun, Terence Wade′s Comprehensive Russian Grammar, already the best reference book of its kind, has, in its second edition, become even more useful for students of Russian."
–Barry P. Scherr, Professor of Russian, Dartmouth College
"The coverage and fresh, interesting examples make Wade′s grammar attractive . . . It will certainly be a standard reference work over the next fifty years."
–The Slavonic Review
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Whilst not for the faint-hearted or beginner, Wade deals with a number of minor grammar points that other grammars overlook. If you're serious about Russian, and eager to get the grammar absolutely right, this is for you. The benchmark for modern language reference grammars
The layout is extremely user-friendly, and whilst not aimed at beginners, the explanations are very clear. A major distinction from previous Russian grammars is a more widespread use of examples from modern sources (newspapers, TV etc) rather than solely classic literature.
Particularly impressive is the treatment of prepositions, which are categorised by basic meaning (eg spatial, temporal etc), rather than case government. In addition, few other grammars have given sufficient space to the treatment of particles, which, for English speakers is probably the most difficult aspect of Russian to master.
Overall, for what has seemingly become the template for most Slavonic Grammars that have since been published, this book is essential.
It is a grammar that serves equally well as a course companion or a 'dip-in' reference book. For teachers, the numbering will no doubt prove useful for setting independent study / homework lists. The indexed companion workbook which is available is excellent for giving you a structured roadmap to make your way through the grammar. The companion workbook can be found here: A Russian Grammar Workbook (Blackwell Reference Grammars)
Wholeheartedly recommended for any serious student of Russian or comparative grammar.
I have been learning Russian now for 6 years, and I hope to study it at University in 2008, and I know that this book will be a bible to me in the coming years.
My only problem is that this book is aimed at university students, and so it can sometimes take a while to understand exactly what is being said, however that is the problem with buying books aimed at people above your ability. Although, this book has already been a lifesaver for me in many situations in my IB Russian.
Along with the Russian Grammar Workbook (by the same author), one can find it easy (or should I say less difficult) to pick up the different grammar rules.
My teachers also use this, as a reference book for their use, but mainly as a teaching aid; they seem to swear by this book, recomending that my fellow higher students purchace this book on starting the course.
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Very thorough Russian grammar. Very detailed, but that is no bad thing,Published 17 months ago by Tim
I was very impressed by this Russian grammar book and the fact it has an exercise book (with answers) than accompanies it. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Peter Ellis
This is an excellent book which I need to refer to for more complex, technical and academic statements in contemporary russian.Published on 21 Jan. 2014 by D59