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Spanish Verb Manual: Correct Conjugation and Regional Use Paperback – 1 Jul 1999

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Contemporary (1 July 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0844213462
  • ISBN-13: 978-0844213460
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.7 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,779,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
This is a great book - I refer to it all the time. The first section contains conjugated model ar, er, and ir verbs. The second section lists nearly every verb and refers you to the model verb in the first section if the verb is not itself a model verb. Then there is a section about the prepositions that can be used with each verb, and another section that deals with colloquial usage of verbs. This is the only Spanish verb reference manual that you should ever need.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x924e05b8) out of 5 stars 19 reviews
48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91e05b64) out of 5 stars Surpasses Kendris' "501 Spanish Verbs" 21 Dec. 2001
By Andy Orrock - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
"501 Spanish Verbs" seems to have taken root as the evolving standard and, yes, it's very good. But I'm here to tell you that this work by Alfredo Gonzalez Hermoso is *even better.*
First of all, I like the layout of the verb tables. Unlike Kendris' work, Gonzalez Hermoso groups his 'model verb' tables into "ar" "er" and "ir" sections. This approach is far more helpful than you think. Second, the irregular aspects of a particular model are clarified on each page with bold, red print. This little feature makes it really easy to spend 15 minutes or so each day flipping through the book and picking up one or two of those extra little quirks that makes the verb system so maddening at times.
Then, there's the 'regional usage' section, which details how the usage of certain verbs varies across the Hispanic world. Like, don't use 'coger' - which ostensibly means 'to catch' - in Mexico, okay?
I carry this book + "Buscalo!" (Clarkson, Campos) around with me at all times and try to review a couple of pages each day.
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91e0a7b0) out of 5 stars Comprehensive, easy-to-use guide to Spanish verbs 15 Aug. 2001
By Kate McMurry - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This extremely thorough and clearly laid-out reference book includes the following information: (1) extensive grammatical information on Spanish verbs; (2) 87 pages of tables of model verbs, including all moods and tenses, with every irregular verb form; (3) an alphabetical listing of 5000 verbs with their definition in English and a referral to a particular model verb which has the same conjugation; (4) information on prepositions used with verbs; (5) idiomatic verb expressions; (6) regional use of Spanish verbs; (7) regional use of ustedes and vos.
I highly recommend this excellent Spanish-verb guide to anyone who is currently studying Spanish or who has studied it in the past and is looking for a handy way to review verbs.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x939f072c) out of 5 stars Excellent, EASY-TO-USE Spanish Verb Reference 10 Oct. 2003
By Stephen Doonan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book is an excellent reference for Spanish verbs, with a great layout, wonderfully intuitive organization (when compared to other verb references), and great visual aids (color highlighting of the persons and tenses that are irregular). This book is much better than the "Complete Handbook of Spanish Verbs," by Judith Noble and Jaime Lacasa (in case you were thinking of buying that book instead), and better than the often-recommended alternative, "501 Spanish Verbs."

** Comparison with 501 Spanish Verbs **

I have both "501 Spanish Verbs," by Christopher Kendris, and "Spanish Verb Manual," by Alfredo Gonzalez Hermoso. Each has been on my bookshelf, next to each other, for more than 8 years, and I find myself always choosing the "Spanish Verb Manual" to quickly look up a verb and its various tenses, uses with prepositions, etc. The Spanish Verb Manul has several features that make it more valuable in my view than other books, and easier and faster to gain information from, including red print (not just black, as in 501 Spanish Verbs and other books) that immediately highlights irregular tenses, uses or spellings of verbs.

In addition, Spanish Verb Manual is much smaller, thinner, lighter, more portable (in a backpack or suitcase, for example) and more complete than 501 Spanish Verbs because of the Spanish Verb Manual's use of a comprehensive index of lesser-used verbs cross-referenced to the large section of more-commonly-used verbs that act as models. The book is arranged in several sections each of which have red ink at the margin opposite the spine, making it easy to open the book to the section one wishes to consult.

In every important way I can think of, Spanish Verb Manual is superior to 501 Spanish Verbs, even though the latter is also a good book.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93e9e4e0) out of 5 stars I'd give this 50 stars if I could 29 Oct. 2005
By avg reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The format, method, and organizational aspects of this book are FAR superior to nearly every other spanish verb book out there, especially Barron's(Kendris') 501 spanish verb book.

I have used many verb books (here are a couple of the more common that I've seen here): Kendris' (ugh, he arranged it so that it looks cute and simple, but it does NOT accurately illustrate the verb moods in spanish, i.e., indicativo should be grouped together not thrown into the soup of 14 subgroups of simples y compuestos), Living Language's 2,000+ (much closer to González Hermoso's book, but one of the biggest differences, among others, is the lack of color for irregularities -see below for more on this).

Simply put, if you want a desktop reference EACH and EVERY time that you need to conjugate a verb in spanish, buy Kendris' reference...on second thought, his book still can't compare; more about that later. But if you want a compact, informative book of verbs that will allow you to LEARN how to conjugate verbs in spanish on your own, buy this book. Gonzalez Hermoso's book delivers on what this student of spanish has looked for in a spanish verb book: it has about 80 tables of fully conjugated verbs (irregularities in red!); the tables are organized into 3 parts (-ar,-er,-ir verbs); approx 5,000 additional verbs that refer to the previously-mentioned tables; rules (yes, rules...in order to be able to actually learn verb conjugation, we must learn some basic rules) that break down how to work with the irregularities of many spanish verbs; tons of extras like commonly-used verb/preposition combinations (this is one of the keys to sounding like you get the language); verbs and their many expressions as they pertain to specific regions/countries, etc.,...

Word of advice for those with not-so-great sight: One of the reasons that I prefer this book is its size; it makes it very portable, unlike the others out there. Barron's mini verb book is super tiny but, blech, it's nearly identical to its biggie-sized brother. Without measuring, the smallest font in this book is found within the ~80 basic verb tables: it looks similar in style to Times New Roman with about an 8/9-point font. The rest of the book uses at least 3 different font styles and are larger, 10+. If you think this might be too small, I STRONGLY suggest that you at least take this book for a spin, especially side-by-side with the other books. If you are certain that the font is too small, try Living Language's book.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92530744) out of 5 stars Excellent, Concise and attractive 5 Feb. 2001
By C. Majerik - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
i selected this book out of many available, choosing this one because it is realatively small in size, the layout is excellent (graphic design is helpful and unobtrusive) and it is exhuastive in coverage. all other books in the category take the 200-500 model verbs without filling in the rest. Some take the same approach as this by having around 200 model verbs fully conjugated and then tell you which verbs follow which models. This book does it the best. Easy to access information, easy to interpret the model- evrything. BUY IT!
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