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Dutch: A Comprehensive Grammar (Routledge Comprehensive Grammars) [Kindle Edition]

Bruce Donaldson
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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'It will be indispensable for all English-speaking serious students of the Dutch language.' - Signpost, April 2000

'I have long sought a book which was able to clearly, though not necessarily simply, describe the Dutch language in a logical and comprehensible manner.' Amazon.co.uk reviewer

'An excellent reference grammar with clear explanations that do not require an in-depth understanding of generic grammatical terms.' Amazon.com reviewer

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Concentrating on the real patterns of use in modern Dutch through lively and accessible descriptions of the language, the Grammar is an essential reference source for the learner of Dutch, irrespective of level. It is ideal for use in schools, colleges, universities and adult classes of all types as well as being indispensable to those teaching themselves.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 701 KB
  • Print Length: 456 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (17 Jun 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001PDW7WU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #404,779 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Of all the Dutch-language-learning books available today, most of which are fairly basic and/or badly set out with respect to grammar comprehension, this is by far the best. It is written by a man who has a thorough knowledge of modern Dutch, but also a clear understanding of its linguistical history, by which he is able to explain archaisms and anomalies still extant in modern spoken Dutch. Tricky areas of Dutch, such as co-ordinating and subordinate clause word order, are clearly explained, and truly difficult aspects such as the particle "er" are made almost quite simple - I have struggled through many books to understand this in particular. It should be noted, however, that this is a grammar book, and not an exercise or phrase book; he also expects a rudimentary understanding of grammatical terms, but by doing so he doesn't need to waste time by explaining terminology, instead he gets to grips with the grammar. His explanations of Dutch prepositions, adjectival suffixes, and verbal prefixes (both fixed and movable) are clarity itself. I have long sought for a book which was able to clearly, though not necessarily simply, describe the Dutch language in a logical and comprehensible manner. Where phrase books, and learn-in-three-months books, have better information on vocabulary, and offer you phrases to suit the situation, it takes a book as good as this to really help you make sense of the language, so taking us out of the role of a parrot, to a comprehending user of Dutch.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not perfect 9 May 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Bruce Donaldson's book is definitely the best detailed Dutch grammar on the market; he leads the way in a field dominated by books for beginners, and this book is essential for anyone wanting to extend beyond the most basic level of Dutch. However, it's not perfect: modal particles, a key part of spoken Dutch in particular, are not treated in this book. I also find that the section on modal verbs is not as clearly explained as I would like. On the whole, though, this is well worth the cost.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Many errors in details 3 Oct 2013
Format:Paperback
Certainly a useful book, but a short perusal turned up quite a few errors and puzzling examples. "Het pad" should be "de pad" (the toad, pl. "padden"), "gloedheet" should be "gloeiendheet" (scalding hot), and "blad" really never means leaf of a book (which is "bladzij") but rather magazine (pl. "bladen"). The examples of colloquial usage in particular need to be used with care. Many examples are not in common use -- if they are used at all. Very few people say "rookte-n-ie" (he smoked), the more common form is "rookte-die". In addition, the very common use of "-ie" as enclitic 2sg pronoun (i.e., not 3sg) is not mentioned. Some extra checking with native speakers may be in order...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Serious Dutch 11 Jun 2013
By DavidW
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
As a student of Dutch, I find this excellent book to be of inestimable value. If you want to learn Dutch to a serious level, then you NEED this book.
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