Cambridge Latin Grammar (Cambridge Latin Course) Paperback – 23 Jan 1992
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The approach reflects the traditions of the Cambridge Latin Course, but the guide will prove helpful to all students of Latin, whatever course they have followed. This volume represents a straightforward and practical approach to the study of Latin grammar for the contemporary student.
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The book is divided into three main parts. The first, 'Accidence', sets out the entire system of Latin word-endings, with a number of tables that make it easier to learn all those pesky declensions and conjugations, pronouns and irregular verbs. The second, 'Syntax', is a complete guide to all the various types of sentence construction (ablative absolutes; uses of the gerund, gerundive and supine; subordinate clauses etc.) that the student will be faced with in translation. The third part deals with word order and sentence structure - helpful if you want to try your hand at composing your own Latin. A fourth and final part covers miscellaneous topics, from pronunciation to how to correctly use a Latin-English dictionary.
There is a lot of information densely packed into these pages, but it is all presented clearly and concisely, and without unnecessary waffle. This is not a book to read straight through, but to dip into as a reference; as a result, the index has been made extremely thorough, which makes searching for the topic you need incredibly simple. Throughout the book (generally at the end of every chapter) there are a number of short exercises and further examples - excellent translation practice and especially helpful when it comes to revision, although sadly answers are not provided.Read more ›
I do feel it could be more clearly laid out, even just in terms of basic typography and tabulation, though. And I find it quite hard to navigate - it cross-references itself via rather obtuse section numbers when straightforward page numbers would be less confusion. My third grumble is the depth of explanations - these are pretty terse, and on several occasions, rather than actually explain the difference between two similar uses (e.g. reflexive pronouns and emphatic pronouns), it just gives a couple of example sentences and says "compare the two" - that's not an explanation!
I guess Cambridge University Press might defend themselves by saying this is just a reference book, not a text book. I can't help feeling there's scope to make it better though.
It is a second hand book but looks as though it has not been opened;in contrast to my first copy, the binding of which has remained secure and intact despite many, many openings to clarify points of Latin grammar and usage.
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If only we had had this resource when I first studied Latin 50+ years ago!Published 1 month ago by Ann in Swansea
Good to have Latin grammar in one place and well presented.Published 2 months ago by Book Lover Extraordinaire!
I have found that the Cambridge Latin Course text books are quite light on grammar so bought this to help my 12 year old son. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Matthew
Excellent addition to the Cambridge Latin course. Tells you how to use the dictionary correctly along with useful grammar from the course. Excellent book.Published 13 months ago by Lorraine Parkes
This is a very useful adjunct to the Cambridge Latin Course, well set out and clear to understand.Published 13 months ago by Kindle Fan
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