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Essential Portuguese Grammar (Dover Language Guides Essential Grammar)

Essential Portuguese Grammar (Dover Language Guides Essential Grammar) [Kindle Edition]

Alexander da R. Prista
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This is the first Portuguese grammar designed specifically for adults with limited learning time, who have as their objective simple, everyday communication. The author covers the most important points of Portuguese grammar in the clearest possible way, concentrating upon the expressions that you would be most likely to use. All grammatical rules are illustrated with phrases and sentences that you can incorporate directly into your working vocabulary, and hints are generously sprinkled throughout, showing you how to replace difficult constructions with simpler ones.
Constantly drawing comparisons with English construction, it presents in logical order all the major aspects of Portuguese grammar: word order, forming questions, nouns and articles, adjectives and adverbs, possessives, demonstrative adjectives and pronouns, how to form negatives, personal pronouns, conjunctions and prepositions, how to conjugate verbs in the major tenses, prepositions and infinitives, and so on.
This grammar does not assume prior knowledge of either Portuguese grammar or of grammatical terms: one section is devoted to the definition of all grammatical terms used in the book.
This is not a simplified study, but rather a selected grammar for adult use that points out many time-saving short cuts. It can be used alone either as a beginner or as a refresher course in Portuguese grammar or it can be an ideal supplement to a phrase book or record course for home study or class use. Contains four appendices covering regular conjugations, orthographic-changing verbs, and irregular verbs. Glossary of grammatical terms. Index.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1330 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (13 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008TVLY0W
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for essentials of grammar 13 April 2005
I quite like this grammar. It is very clear on the basics of Portuguese grammar. You get the feeling that it was written by someone who knows the language in depth and can extract what is essential but still give full information. The reference system makes different points easy to get to, when you use the book as a reference tool. You can also use it as a course book, though there are no exercises for practice. Perhaps it would be asking for too much in a book of this size. The information on verbs is also clear and fine but in my case I needed more. I have found a superb book on Portuguese verbs, another five star book. It is called 'Portuguese Verbs Explained An Essential Guide' and the author is Manuela Cook. If you want more than the Prista book has to say on verbs, I strongly recommend this one. Like Prista, this is an author who knows her Portuguese (and her English too)!
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the book to get if you're studying Portuguese 28 Dec 2004
By Ally
For intermediate students or anyone following a course in Portuguese, this book is fantastic. I've been having trouble finding a good grammar book for Portuguese, as my required course book explains all the grammar in Portuguese, making it difficult to thoroughly understand everything.
This book is detailed but not difficult to understand, with clear examples, instructions and parallels in English. It doesn't look very glamorous but I found it incredibly useful. The standard of grammar included ranges from simple things like articles and plurals to things which I have found impossible to pick up from the aforementioned Portuguese grammar book, like the subjunctive and the personal infinitive.
There has not been anything that I have needed which has been excluded from this book, including irregular verbs, summaries of every tense and voice that I have had to learn, and even a bit of idiomatic vocabulary.
It's not the only thing you need to learn Portuguese, but it's by far the best grammar book I've found. Great value for money.
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111 of 114 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended 30 July 1999
By A Customer
This is the best portuguese grammar book I have come across out of my vast collection of portuguese study materials. The author simplifies the distinction between the use of various tenses, demonstratives, articles and other aspects of grammar usage through narratives and examples. This book has been absolutely essential to my learning. My fiance's family have commented that I articulate better than their relatives in Portugal. With the help of this book, I am able to write letters overseas. My fiances' family overseas are very impressed especially since I am not portuguese. I highly recommend this book. The overall format, content and strucuture is better than any language textbook I have come across.
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
I've only had this book 3 days but feel as though I've learned so much more already. It presents grammar facts clearly and concisely, with good explanations and examples of use. It's full of tips and essential information: like did you know that in English the word 'that' is often omitted (e.g. "I think * she is pretty") but you can't do this in Portuguese (you have to put in 'que'). It also has a Glossary of Grammatical Terms at the end which explains grammar jargon like 'conjugation' and what tenses are etc. I think this is the book which has helped me to develop my Portuguese skills the most. No-nonsense, straight to the facts. Excellent!
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars easy grammar 15 May 2005
I've had this book now for 3 years. At first, I could only read a few sections as I begun to learn the basics in a begginer's class. As I progressed in Portuguese I found this book to be more and more valuable. It has helped me understand the most complicated niggling & annoying questions I've had about Portuguese sentence structures, and at the right times it seems. I would recommend it as along term companion rather than an instance fix as it is one of those useful books that you can't be without if you're going to invest long term in this language.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for studying portuguese!!! 7 Jan 2003
I have just purchased the grammer and 501 verbs books as a combination and i can honestly say they are both really useful.
The grammer book explains in simple terms the basic concepts of portuguese grammer. It has made some sections of my portuguese work so much clearer and it has finally clicked what my lecturer was trying to say! The 501 verbs book is so useful and really clearly laid out in alphabetical order with all the verb tenses, its really handy when writing essays!
Overall I am really pleased with my purchase and would recomend any of them to anyone who is thinking about or studying Portuguese.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Crams a lot in for a little book 10 Oct 2009
By Ralph Bacon TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Although a beginner in Portuguese, this book has broadened my understanding of the grammer of the language considerably thereby letting me find order in the overwhelming amount of information I'm trying to assimilate.

Every possible nuance of the language is covered (both European and Brazilian) and it's entirely up to the reader how deep (s)he wants to dive in. I personally drew the line at Preterite Subjunctive and decided that the present tense, preterite and future would be enough to get me by - but it's all there if you want to. It's probably up to GCSE level and beyond.

There's a very useful list of regular/irregular verbs at the back which everybody studying Portuguese will have to tackle sooner or later and this is nicely laid out.

Especially useful is the English literal translation of some phrases together with what an English speaking person would actually say, in order that the Portugues can be made sense of.

Well worth it if you remotely serious about studying Portuguese.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful and informative
this book is great if you have picked up your nouns and verbs but are unsure how to construct them in to grammatically fluent sentences in past, present and future tenses. Read more
Published 3 days ago by MRS LINDA DODD
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This is absolutely essential for the Beginner in Portuguese.
It has a very useful introduction and the index is well organised. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars not a good book for learning
poor grammar explanation, really disappointing.

badly prepared for kindle too.

not comparable to the products available when learning spanish, real gap in the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr J Jarman
2.0 out of 5 stars Too advanced for me at this time
Sadly the book is probably very good, but way too advanced for a beginner. I am sure it will come in handy at a later date, but not now.
Published 2 months ago by Rory H
2.0 out of 5 stars Too advanced
Too advanced
I found the book too complicated for me and bought a dictionary instead..I really only wanted a book for holiday reading.
Published 3 months ago by Catherine McCrone
5.0 out of 5 stars smooth
fast, easy, got it earlier than I thought.
easy to understand and good explanations.
would definatly recomend it to others.
Published 6 months ago by Emma Edlund
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Grammar Book
Absolutely fantastic grammar book, and it points out the differences between European Portuguese and Brazilian, which is really useful. Read more
Published 6 months ago by L. Wolfe
5.0 out of 5 stars It puts you on the right path
This is a Portuguese grammar including verbs. It is a beginner book that gives you a good basis. Its clarity reflects a work done by someone with an excellent inside-knowledge of... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Eileen Nicholson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great buy!
Fit for purpose, great content, easy to carry around, really loving it! And it was more than a bargain! Very happy with it.
Published 12 months ago by Melinda Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for learning.
Having moved to Portugal, important to learn how the words all fit together as we are learning. This book certainly helps. Informative and very useful.
Published 17 months ago by RedAlFire
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