Practice Makes Perfect Complete German Grammar (NTC Foreign Language) Paperback – 16 Nov 2011
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Other reviewers have commented on the poor layout and structure eg order of introducing new grammar units. In my view this book serves well for people who have already studied German and now wish to brush up their knowledge. There are plenty of exercises which all serve to reinforce learning and memory.
It is really easy to see through what is printed on the other side of the paper so you may not want to use a felt pen on the paper, or even an ink pen as they both may shine through, a pencil might have the leadt impact. Thus I give it four stars for the contents and grammar drill are really good.
Prepositions in any language usually require a good long section on their particular idiomatic usage in that language with links for each prepositon in the index and I'd expect that in an upper price bracket grammar book but this isn't forthcoming. Usage of verse tenses is superficial giving only the more obvious uses.
It hasn't been particularly well adapted for the Kindle either - the metadata isn't set as German so that those few German words which aren't in image tables won't show a translation of the German when you hover next to them. The exercises include lots of blank lines which are less than useful on a Kindle nor are they as inspired or well planned as the ones in Shaum's Italian Grammar which sets a standard for this price range of grammar book. You could make them up yourself. My recommendation? Get the Collins instead and make up your own exercises.
PS As I've continued to try to use it, I've dropped a further star to reflect the book's shortcomings as a reference guide and its superficial treatment of grammar. It is hardly worth having an exercise which lists a verb and a lot of blank lines underneath with the instructions 'Write the full subjunctive II conjugations for each of the following verbs'. The chapters are illogical too: Chapter 18 is entitled 'Irregular verbs in the present perfect tense & Adjectives' and indeed, you have to flick through chapter 18's many pages to get to the section on Adjectives. In the later exercise, the texts are untranslated. Tables are used unnecessarily and are in such small type that you have to use Zoom to read them, at which point they turn into landscape view. This makes it annoying when you have to refer back to them repeatedly to complete an exercise. I've just bought Essential German Grammar: Teach Yourself - what a contrast!
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