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3.0 out of 5 stars Good apart from the rogue hamzas!!, 31 Mar. 2011
This review is from: 501 Arabic Verbs (501 Verbs) (Paperback)
Something which really annoys me in Arabic is the incorrect use of hamza. This is a hugely common mistake, even among native Arab speakers in books, newspapers and magazines. This book is no exception, with hamzas placed on all the form VIÌ, VIII and X verbs, which is simply not correct. However, this is a mistake seen in many Arabic grammar books and many people think it is actually correct, so I don't think it's fair to mark the book down too much for this. However, the presentation is a little off-putting; as another reviewer mentions it would be better if there was one verb per page. It is excellent for checking verb conjugations once you have looked a verb up in a dictionary, although the errors with the hamzas make me worry that there may be more mistakes. The inclusion of an English index would greatly enhance the book as it could then be used to look words up, making it a multifunctional reference. However, it is good at what it does, if you can get past the hamzas!
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