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An excellent resource for learning Italian verb formations.
on 10 July 2000
This book gives brief but clear explanations of how and when different verb tenses should be used. After each description it then gives several pages of practice exercises. These range from translating Italian to Italian, Italian to English and English to Italian using all the subject pronouns. In particular the exercises leave you with a better understanding of what the English equivalent of each verb tense means. As the title indicates, the exercises are verb drills which reinforce learning by repetition so that the language can be written without stopping to think. All the major verb tenses are covered with good coverage of irregular verbs. The number of different verbs used in the exercises is not huge but it is adequate. I was preparing for my GCSE Italian at the time and it was of enourmous benefit but could be used by anybody wanting to learn the structures of verbs. This book certainly helps bring clarity to one of the most difficult aspects of learning Italian and also, happily, has the answers at the back. Excellent value.