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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: 15.6 x 1.7 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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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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73 of 76 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Oct. 2003
Format: Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thisismypenname on 7 Dec. 2012
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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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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful By patlearner on 11 Oct. 2004
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RR on 26 Jun. 2013
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For me this is one of the best grammar books available for Portuguese, which can be a challenging language grammatically. It is really well laid out, so that you can find what you're looking for pretty quickly. The presence of worked examples is also invaluable. I bought several grammar books on Portuguese when I was learning, and this ranks as probably the best I have come across.

It seems to be designed as a reference rather than a course, so if you're looking for something that can teach your Portuguese grammar from scratch, I would suggest buying a course such as Teach Yourself Portuguese, an using this as a companion.

I now use Portuguese professionally, and continue to use this book as a reference now and then, which I hope will give you some idea of its longevity and value.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Miss JA Greatwood on 30 Jun. 2004
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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 By GB100 on 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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