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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 3 edition (1 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071744738
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071744737
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.3 x 27.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Book Description

Get the expert instruction you want and the practice you need with the conjugation of Italian verbs--with bonus online interactive exercises

Italian Verb Drills helps you overcome the obstacles of Italian verbs, so that you can confidently use verbs when expressing yourself in Italian. This book explains how the Italian verb system works, while providing numerous exercises for you to master each point covered.

Features:

  • Clear explanations of conjugations followed by numerous exercises
  • Free online exercises available at mhprofessional.comto assess your skills once you have completed the book

Topics include: Overview of Italian Verbs Verbs Ending in -are, Verbs Ending in -ere, Verbs Ending in -ire, Imperative Future, Imperfect Passato Remoto (Preterit), Essere (to Be) and Avere (to Have), Passato Prossimo with Avere, Passato Prossimo with Essere, Irregular Past Participles, Trapassato Prossimo, Conditional Past, Conditional Chapter, Present Subjunctive, Imperfect Subjunctive, Past Subjunctive, Pluperfect Subjunctive, Se Clauses and the Subjunctive Reflexive Verbs, Progressive Tenses, Modal Verbs, The Passive Voice, Verbs That Follow Common Patterns, Idiomatic Expressions with Avere and Fare, Verbs and Expressions Followed by Prepositions

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A COMBINATION REFERENCE AND SELF STUDY MANUAL. THIS BOOK PRESENTS ITALIAN VERBS CLEARLY AND METHODICALLY FOLLOWING THE MORMAL PROGRESSION OF MOST BASAL TEXTS. VARIED EXERCISES AND REGULAR REVIEW UNITS HELP TO SOLIDIFY UNDERSTANDING. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I like these series of books. I have used the French one before.
They have helped me improve my grammar retention. However, I have got to the section on -ire verbs (Pg. 21) and have found it lacking in accuracy. Four of the standard -ire verbs have an inaccurate or misleading English meaning. For example avvertire is described as meaning "to announce". It actually means "to warn". In addition, other verbs are described as being standard -ire verbs but are not. Benedire for example, is an irregular verb even in the present tense.

Will post more feedback if it gets better.
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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.
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Verbs are the key to communicating. You might freewheel a little in the Tarzan fashion ( me Tarzan, you Jane, he Boy ). Next stage is to use a verb ( Tarzan swim, Boy play, Jane work ). This book expains clearly the mechanisms for forming and using Verbs WITH LOTS OF PRACTICE and the answers at the end of the book.Invaluable help for beginners like me.
Work through this book patiently and whatever else you don't know at the end, the constant repetition means that verbs are no longer a part of what you don't know. I reckon that the amount of work I have done means that the cost of this book to me is about 10 pence per hour
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I have found Italian Verb Drills invaluable. It has been excellent both in learning new work - verb endings, different tenses, etc, and also for revisiting and revising. The book is clearly laid out and the answer section enables one to check work at the end, or during the exercise to make sure one has the right idea. I would recommend it to anyone taking up Italian.
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It's good - repetitive practice does help. If I were redesigning this book I would:
1) Have the answers on the same page so that you could cover them up while working, then easily check your answers. It's annoying to have to look in the back of the book.
2) Use more complete sentences for the questions e.g. instead of 'I eat' use 'I eat an apple' or 'At 11am, I eat an apple'. It goes into memory much better if the sentence has more meaning.
3) Have more practice e.g. chapter 1 exercise 15 introduces 4 very important 'are' verbs that are irregular in the present tense. The only exercise is to conjugate them once, in the usual order, io, tu, lei etc.
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I am a beginner at Italian. I have started working through the book, but found the approach to the three main conjugations of words rather odd. There were a lot of exercises requiring only knowledge of the "regular" endings of the verbs but scarcely any dealing with the irregular verbs, which would be much more useful. The key irregular verbs (possere, dovere, andare, dare etc) need a lot more attention.
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By A Customer on 28 April 2002
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Overall, this book is very informative and relatively good value for money. However, its biggest flaw in my opinion is that it does not explain the grammar as much as I had hoped. I would've liked more examples of the different tenses and pronoun usage, particularly reflexive pronouns and impersonal pronouns such as si. For anyone that is not too well educated in English Grammar, (the book goes into all kinds of tenses)I would suggest buying this book and also a very comprehensive English Grammar guide.
Having said that, this book is a valuable resource for learning verbs, particularly in their infinitive form. I use this book in conjunction with other Italian books and Internet research, so don't expect it to stand alone as a means of helping you learn Italian.
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By A Customer on 22 Mar. 2002
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This easy to use, very comprehensive book is excellent for refreshing, or learning, the Italian verbs. The exercises are simplified, and gradually introduce new verbs. The explanations are clear, and easy to understand. By studying it regularly, the usage of verbs becomes easier, and thereby improves the general Italian. Inexpensive, but top quality contents. Congratulations. Lanette Nielsen (Denmark)
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