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Portuguese Verbs Explained: An Essential Guide [Paperback]

Manuela Cook
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15 July 2009 0956122000 978-0956122001 2nd Revised edition
Portuguese Verbs Explained describes the Portuguese verbs as used by native speakers around the Portuguese-speaking world. It can be used either as a reference tool or a course of study and it also a study aid on grammatical notions and terminology. This new edition complies with the recent spelling agreement for uniformity among the different Portuguese-speaking countries. Portuguese Verbs Explained is suitable for * absolute beginners and those who want to brush up and advance their Portuguese * learners with basic or no knowledge of grammatical terminology * the independent learner * Adult Education, Secondary and University classes * teachers and practitioners such as translators and interpreters * learners of the Portuguese language on both sides of the Atlantic and anywhere else where it is spoken The book provides * a complete guide to all kinds of Portuguese verbs, their tenses and forms, covering both regular and special verbs (irregular, root-changing, spelling-changing, and other cases) * a complete guide to using Portuguese verbs in a sentence * tables and charts for quick reference on all the different kinds of verbs In this book verbs are described in plain language and illustrated with authentic examples of everyday practical application. Detailed information is given on how the whole Portuguese verb system works. Throughout, comparisons are drawn between Portuguese and English verb tenses and usage, highlighting their parallel and contrasting features in the different forms for the present, past and future, as well as other aspects. The following features are also included to give learners extra support and make their learning a more enjoyable and rewarding experience: * a glossary of grammatical terms providing clear definitions in simple English * English translation of the Portuguese examples * complementary notes and 'learning aid' paragraphs giving tips and avoiding pitfalls * exercises including puzzles and quizzes * answers for all the exercises * Portuguese-English vocabulary containing the verbs used in the examples and the exercises * an extensive cross-reference index at the end of the book with usage-led entries for those who are not familiar with grammatical terms

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Lusophone Publishing; 2nd Revised edition edition (15 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956122000
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956122001
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 14.6 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The book is progressively graded and carefully designed to be used by learners at any stage, and even those who are specialists and teachers of the language will encounter many useful nuggets of information and ideas to enhance their own practice.' --VH, Association for Language Learning, UK

'The book is excellent for its content, variety, and the masterful way in which Cook handles the Portuguese verbal system.' --The Modern Language Journal, USA

About the Author

Dr Manuela Cook has taught Portuguese in Higher and Adult Education and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Linguists

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars essential 23 Mar 2010
By Stu
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This is without a doubt the best book I've read about learning Portuguese. It includes pretty much every type of Portuguese verb construction you'll ever encounter, many of which are completely ignored by other books.

It includes detailed explanations of how and where to use each type of verb and plenty of example sentences to show you how they're really used in everyday speech and writing.

Another plus point is that it explains many informal ways of speaking: for example, the use of 'a gente' and the second person singular for 'we' and how the past imperfect can be used in place of the conditional. Understanding these are essential if you want to really understand Portuguese, and not just an idealised textbook version of it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely useful 26 Oct 2010
In this book you'll find verb tables (for regular and irregular verbs) like in many others. What is special in this book, and extremely useful, is a very thorough explanation of when and how to use different tenses. Tricky areas like subjunctives and the different forms for the second person are very clearly explained.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
This book is the one I pick up regularly (out of my collection of around 12-15 Portuguese language books!)

It gives clear guidance on verb tenses, uses, formation and variations.
Short exercises at the end of each 'chapter' help you by testing yourself.

Very easy to pick up and put down in short bursts (great if you're busy, like me and most of us!) and not too heavy that you couldn't spend a good period of time studying with it!

Has been invaluable in my Portuguese education and a great companion to the 501 verbs book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very useful 13 April 2011
I found this book a very useful companion while studying brazilian portuguese, it explains some of the complexities of the language in ways which make them easier to understand, a very good book, and well worth the money.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By Ralph Bacon TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I haven't read other reviews of this book but all I know is that this is a great book for clarifying all the idiosyncratic uses of the most commonly used verbs, with their tenses nicely shown in example form.

An ideal companion to the 501 Portuguese Verbs (Barron's 501 Portuguese Verbs) which I purchased along side it. Instead of one book trying to be a jack-of-all-trades, this book (with the other I just mentioned) are masters of their subject and are essential studying for students - not for just casual reading!

If you want to progress beyond tourist-speak then spending a few dozen hours studying this book will work wonders for your competency (first hand experience!).

Well pleased with it.
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