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Denise de Rome

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29 Nov 2002 0071413391 978-0071413398
Focusing on the essentials, Soluzioni! is an accessible grammar guide for all beginners of Italian. This comprehensive handbook provides Italian grammar-at-a-glance, using numerous tables to help facilitate learning and reviewing. Complemented by an appealing visual layout, Soluzioni! uses real language examples to help expand students' vocabulary knowledge, while plenty of varied and imaginative exercises show how the grammar works in practice.

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excelllent for intermediate and advanced students 22 Nov 2004
By Richard - Published on
This is an exceptionally well-written grammar for those who have

studied Italian, but need clarification on its finer points, which most other grammars nerver get to. The explanations are easy to understand and the illlustrating examples, clear and precise. The accompanying exercises go a long way in making sure

the student understands how to use the grammar point in question.

I only wish there were more exercises or a separate work book.

Highly recommended.
29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravissimo! 3 May 2005
By A Reader - Published on
This is hands-down the best grammar I've found for the Italian language, and is better than nearly all the other grammars I've used for other languages. Geared mostly for intermediate and advanced learners (although beginners can profit from it as well), the book provides great explanations of the subtleties and intricacies of the language.

By way of illustration, say a sentence in the novel you're reading has an obvious reference to the past, but you're not quite sure what shading of it the author's trying to communicate. This book tells you that "allora," "a quell'epocha," and "a quel tempo" refer to the distant past, "in quei giorni" refers to the distant past in relation to a particular event, "negli ultimi giorni (or tempi)" refer to the recent past, and "nei giorni scorsi" to the very recent past.

The book is full of examples like this that allow you to understand the nuances you might come across, in addition to more basic grammar. If you only buy one Italian grammar, get this one!
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Clear and Finely-Tuned Grammar 10 July 2009
By F. O'Neill - Published on
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This is the second grammar review I have used in my current re-grooming of my Italian. The first was Barrons. I wrote an enthusiastic review of Barrons in these pages, which I stand by. It is excellent review for the earlier or intermediate student.
Soluzioni! takes one a good deal further. It deals with shades of meaning--precise degrees of superlative or urgency, etc.--that Barrons goes nowhere near. It does this with admirable clarity. A truly excellent work!
Souzioni! also takes the student into the outskirts of regional usage. Even the competent foreign Italian speaker is probably best warned that down that road lies madness--but if you want to stake out a region of Italy as your own (Tuscany, for example), some local usage would be nice. In inland Sicily or the Abruzzi it might even be necessary. (Personally I would not try to speak "Venetian" in Venice unless I was sure I had it right).
Some reviewers of Barrons urge that all students buy Soluzioni instead. I do not think I agree. Soluzioni's finer points are excellent if you already have a grasp of the language and can find a ready peg to hang them on. For the earlier student, these more recondite points might well be in the way of an already difficult enterprise.
Start with Barrons and go on to Soluzioni is my suggestion. Neither is expensive. To learn a complex and sophisticated language at home is no small matter. Barrons and Soluzioni together will cost less than one tenth of a Pimsleur conversation course--and will teach you much more hard Italian.
But Soluzioni is to be highly praised.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most complete, clearly arranged, easy to use review of Italian 10 Mar 2006
By Joseph Parisi - Published on
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Soluzioni is the most compact, logically arranged, and therefore most easy to use of review books for Italian grammar; esp. helpful for idiomatic expressions. However, the reader must already be quite familiar with the Italian language to take full advantage of the volume. Now if they would just get rid of that tacky exclamation point in the title.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Grammar Review I've Found 12 Feb 2008
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I have several college Italian textbooks and have purchased many other books and tapes to aid in learning Italian (probably at the intermediate level), such as verb drills, pronoun reviews and general grammar reviews. (Sometimes it helps to have the same material explained and presented in different ways.) For me, Soluzioni! was the very best purchase I made.

Unlike some other material, Soluzioni! is thorough. That sometimes makes the grammar seem complicated (well, Italian grammar is complicated - and full of exceptions), but some books just don't cover more than just the basics. The book is well organized. I use it as for a general review as well as a reference to look up more difficult grammar problems. The book also has questions and answers after each section, which is very helpful for a few of us students who meet outside of class to review without an instructor present.

The low price of this book makes it a great deal, but it would be a bargain at two or three times the price.
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