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Portuguese: An Essential Grammar (Routledge Essential Grammars) [Paperback]

Amelia P. Hutchinson , Janet Lloyd
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28 Aug 2003 0415308178 978-0415308175 2
This new edition of Portuguese: An Essential Grammar is a practical reference guide to the most important aspects of modern Portuguese.
It presents a fresh and accessible description of the language that combines traditional and function-based grammar. The book sets out the complexities of Portuguese in short, readable sections. Explanations are clear and free from jargon. Throughout, the emphasis is on Portuguese as used by native speakers around the world.
The Grammar is the ideal reference source for the learner and user of Portuguese. It is suitable for either independent study or for students in schools, colleges, universities and adult classes of all types.
This second edition features:
· Coverage of both European and Brazilian Portuguese and information on the lexical differences between the two
· Detailed contents list and index for easy access to information
· Full use of authentic examples
· Coverage of traditional grammar and language functions
· New section on the history and culture of the Portuguese-speaking world

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (28 Aug 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415308178
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415308175
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 16 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Amélia P. Hutchinson is lecturer in Portuguese at the University of Georgia and Janet Lloyd at the University of Salford.

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72 of 75 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A sound grammar 18 Oct 2003
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This is a comprehensive grammar that does not go into unnecessary detail.This work is not a high-flyer but is honest and sound. It is user-friendly in its approach and serves the learner well. In my view the greatest merit of this book is its reliability. It does not make grand promises, it does not promise you the mastery of the Portuguese language, but what it does does it well.I am encouraging my students to use this grammar.
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A grammar you feel comfortable with 11 Oct 2004
I am a student of Portuguese and have tried other grammars. Hoping to economise on money, first I went for some cheaper books but I regret it now. Since the late nineties the mass market has been littered with a number of sub standard Portuguese grammars. This grammar is a fortunate exception and I am glad I have bought it. You pay more but you get a grammar you can feel comfortable with, you can trust it will not let you down, unlike some amateurish grammars that do not know what they are talking about and confuse more than help.
This grammar helps by giving you info you feel you can rely on and by the way this info is presented. It is all very well organised, each section is numbered, so you can find what you are looking for. The index is quite long, and you can find everything there. It gives you the section number for what you are looking for. Sometimes a page number would be easier but you can't go wrong with section numbers. This is a grammar I can recommend to any learner of Portuguese.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book 30 Jun 2004
This is an excellent book, I used it as a reference tool to help me get a grasp of the basics of Portuguese grammar. I found it most helpful because it gives examples of every point made. The section on Brazilian Portuguese was also an interesting read. I would and have recommended it to others who are learning Portuguese. I would recommend it to complete beginners right up to degree level as a tool as a handy and concise guide.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Useful when learning 23 Jan 2014
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Good value good bookand very easy to read The product was exactly as described in the advertisement what else can I say
Good for beginners
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clear, concise and easy to follow 7 Dec 2012
Like others have said, this grammar book is not an in-depth analytical exposé of every grammatical aspect of the Portuguese language. Likewise, it does not claim to be THE best grammar for Portuguese, and it does not make any sweeping statements that is aims to take learners up to C1/C2 of the CEFR.

With that said, what this book does do is offer a clear, concise, and easy-to-follow breakdown of both Brazilian and European Portuguese grammatical aspects which are used in everyday language and which are vital (essential) for understanding and communicating in Portuguese. It summarises, in basic, non-academic lingo, the 'what' elements of grammar and the 'how' elements, and provides some examples of these in practise. As an English native, I have progressed through the state education system with the emphasis on English language and literature being on poems, texts, and analysis, as opposed to the learning and application of grammar. This book is useful as it allows English natives, who haven't been taught by a national curriculum which focuses on grammar, to grasp the tricky (but necessary) elements of Portuguese grammar.

I have to correct myself somewhat - if I give the impression that this book is not comprehensive, then I am lying. This book is comprehensive in its explanations (it covers all verb tenses, phrases, prepositions, sentence structure, word order etc. etc.). It does not, unfortunately, have more than 2 or 3 examples for each point, which I find one of the only downsides to this book.

The book is expensive, yes, and it is relatively small. You might buy it, and think, 'why on Earth have I bought this? I have n't even looked in it, what a waste!' but I can assure you that this book *does* and *will* serve as a useful reference work for you during your study of Portuguese. I would encourage university students to shell out the cost of a cheap night out and buy this book, as it is well worth the money.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Light and probably not worth the money 5 Jun 2014
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Currently studying in Brazil and went on a grammar book binge. Couldn't say I would recommend this one. Incredibly light and low on exceptions and added analysis. This lets it down in its candidacy for being the go-to grammar book on the book shelf, but I would use it check something very quickly, to not have to wade through what could be superfluous info if what I were looking for were reasonably simple (lets say pluralisation of nouns, irregular verbs in the present). But then again, it's not cheap, so to buy it just for that isn't worthwhile.
Some of the noted on Brazilian Portuguese in the appendix I found quite suspect in places. Seems like this was a Portuguese of Portugal book written by experts in that area (for example the pronunciation first chapter is phonetically PofPort, it's only in the appendix that it considers the idiosyncrasies and, in my view, beauty of BrazPronun (palletisation etc).
Do yourself a favour and don't just skim the surface of grammar with this book. Buy the exceptional Modern Brazilian Portuguese Grammar (John Whitlam) if it's Brazilian Portuguese you're especially interested in (great additional notes on informal uses; THE best one I've found written in English) and couple it with a grammar written in Portuguese if you're at a higher level, Nova Gramatica by Cunha e Cintra is an absolutely transparent (but not simplified) and articulate read (in contrast to another port.grammar, one of Bechara's for example, whose smug tone, deliberate obfuscation and prolixity and the awful presentation of his books lends to a headache and the raising of crossed index fingers in the face of that horrible Grammar monster we all met at School). Hope I've not done the Portuguese a disservice here, as all my references here are Brazilian publications (Whitlam lives in Rio).
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