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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic; 2nd Revised edition edition (27 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1472510119
  • ISBN-13: 978-1472510112
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 1.2 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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About the Author

John Taylor was for many years Head of Classics at Tonbridge School, UK. He is the author of Latin Beyond GCSE, Greek to GCSE, Greek Beyond GCSE, and co-author of Latin Stories and Writing Greek.


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I have never before come across a grammar book that explains not just the meaning of grammatical terms but also their etymology - their literal sense. For example:
"Latin verbs fall into four main patterns called 'conjugations' (= joined together, i.e. families of verbs)."
"The word 'perfect' in grammar means 'completed' (rather than 'faultless: compare 'imperfect', page 71). The perfect tense refers to a completed action in the past."
"'Pluperfect' literally means 'more than perfect': it refers to something that 'had already' happened at a point in the past referred to by a perfect or imperfect tense."
Writing in a refreshingly relaxed style ("A vocative is usually easy to spot in a sentence. It is often separated off by a comma or commas."), the author pinpoints common mistakes throughout the book, and includes lists of "Important words with more than one meaning" and "Words easily confused".

With its contents carefully designed to encompass everything needed by those sitting GCSE, this book will provide reassurance and an excellent structural basis for revision.
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I have just bought this book for my daughter after many others. It is fantastic. If only she had had it for the past few years; it should be the first book every student is given at the beginning of their course. As others have said, each chapter is clear, concise and manageable and explanations are very clear indeed (if sometimes a little dry). My only criticism, and it is a minor one, is that it would be wonderful to have a separate answer key for all the exercises - there are literally hundreds of practice sentences and several exercises at the back. I cannot recommend this highly enough.
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I am a great fan of Mr. Taylor's books, both Greek and Latin. However, be warned that this book will not teach you Latin from scratch. It will not help if you need to start with simple sentences like "the boy loves the girl" because he deals with each grammatical point separately (and, I should say, logically, lucidly and intelligibly). Thus, his first section deals with the nominative case, and his first example is "servus murum aedificat." You don't meet the accusative, nor the present tense, till later, so you may find it difficult to get your head round that short sentence. HOWEVER, it is brilliant at presenting students with each grammatical point in turn, and solving problems as to usage. Alongside a conventional Latin book, like Gavin Betts, or the Cambridge series, or Vellacot, or the OU course book, it is an enormous help. It gets 5 stars because I have found it so handy, as a reference guide.
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Absolutely brilliant. Everything you need to know for GCSE Latin set out clearly and explained incredibly well. Excellent sections such as that on easily confused words are also extremely helpful, as is the use of real examples from previous exams to demonstrate common pitfalls and how to avoid them yourself.

Just a very well written book which attempts to make Latin, which can seem overwhelming at times, incredibly simple -and succeeds!
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This is, without doubt, THE BEST handbook of Latin grammar for GCSE. There are many Latin grammars available, indeed I have a handful of others, but this is the one I turn to first every time. None of the rest sets out the material so clearly, and in very manageable portions. There's just enough detail to be thorough, but not so much that the pupil is overwhelmed. And, as a bonus, there are practice exercises at the end of nearly every short section. Thank-you very much indeed, Mr Taylor.
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I ordered this book with having no clue of what it would include or compare to the GCSE CGP Books. I am so happy with the buy and the content is displayed so it is easy to read! Well worth the money I paid for it!
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Great textbook including clear explanations with examples with many exercises and passages to translate :)
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I have been using this to teach Latin basics to two bright students in their own time. The explanations of the various grammatical constructs are very good and rather clearer than in more complete grammars. I also wanted the exercises to study each construction and here is my only niggle: if an exercise on (e.g.) using 4th and 5th declension nouns has present active participles and passive verbs it seems odd, as surely nouns are likely to be covered first? It has been fine as we have gone over how to translate individual words before the exercises are done and also have suggested looking at a page elsewhere in the book before doing the exercise, but this is possible because they are old for GCSE and very able.
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