English Grammar for Students of Italian: The Study Guide for Those Learning Italian Paperback – 1 Jan 2000
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This series is highly recommended.
I recommend this series to anyone I know who is studying a language. These are the best, simplest and most easily understood grammar books I have ever come across. They have helped me tremendously.
Letter from a student.
The conceptual and visual presentation of the material is simple and clear. There are numerous diagrams and charts. Although grammar points are isolated for the sake of presentation, there are many cross-references to related terms, as well as a detailed index.
Modern Language Journal
...in view of its unique perspective and approach, its trenchant and effective explanation of grammatical points, its easily grasped and easily remembered rules, and its distinctively revealing diagrams and examples, it is hard to imagine a teaching situation to which Adorni and Primorac's English Grammar for Students of Italian, would not make an invaluable contribution.
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But the title is very misleading. It should be 'Italian Grammar by comparison with English Grammar, with explanations of grammatical terms because we know hardly any schools teach grammar anymore'.
What I really like is that this style of presentation makes you think about what you're trying to say in English by explaining the underlying rules that a native English speaker uses automatically. In this way you end up also having a better understanding of English as well as how Italian is constructed and how the rules fit together.
The most useful part of the book for me was the discussion on the subjunctive mood which is barely used in modern English but is very important in Italian. This book provided the best explanation of this that I've found and helped me finally get to grips with it. The only criticism I have is that it occasionally refers you to other grammar books for information that could be summarised in less than a page. The brevity of the book is a virtue but I think adding maybe ten additional pages to cover this information wouldn't hurt it.
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