This grammar fulfills its subtitle "A Practical Guide". It is actually two books combined, as it has both traditional view to chinese grammar (or any other language's) in part A, and truly down-to-earth view in part B, Situations and Functions. In part B you get hundreds of lively examples of grammar item usage in everyday situations. Layout is clear making the book easily accessible. Just add grammar workbook Modern Mandarin Chinese Grammar Workbook (Modern Grammar Workbooks)
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