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  • Paperback: 744 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 3 edition (18 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415669251
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415669252
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 4.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Praise for the first edition

'This grammar has great assets. The first is that it is compiled by English-speaking people who have an excellent command of Swedish but who know at first hand where the difficulties of learning Swedish lie ... The second is that it represents contemporary Swedish and draws attention to different styles and registers ... a good reliable guide to modern Swedish and should serve as a standard reference of many years.' - Scandinavica

'The strong points of this grammar are: (a) it concentrates on everyday informal language; (b) it gives a wealth of examples; (c) by being "unashamedly comparative" it highlights some aspects of the Swedish language that are hardly ever touched upon in Swedish grammars written by native speakers.'- Tijdschrift voor Skandinavistiek

Praise for the second edition

'A vital contribution to the presentation of Swedish to an international audience. The book adopts a valuable external perspective on Swedish, from which native speakers of Swedish can also benefit, and is a major source of knowledge for all of those either within or outside Sweden who teach Swedish as a second language or as a foreign language.' -The Swedish Language Council

‘We have in Swedish: A Comprehensive Grammar an extraordinarily workable teaching and reference tool that should continue to be a source of linguistic enrichment for many years to come.’ - Marilyn Johns Blackwell, Ohio State University

'(T)his is a reference work of the first rank ... Above all, however, this book constitutes the most important international work of reference for everyone with an interest in linguistics in search of detailed information about the morphology and syntax of Swedish.' - Skandinavistik

Praise for the third edition

'A thorough, clear guide to the rules of Swedish grammar… Holmes and Hinchliffe cover everything from basics such as nouns and adjectives to more advanced topics such as interjections and prepositions, and they do it all with ease and clarity. Javisst, this is the best reference book to Swedish grammar you’ll find in English.'- B.J. Epstein, University of East Anglia, UK

About the Author

Philip Holmes is Reader Emeritus in Scandinavian Studies at the University of Hull, UK, and is now a freelance translator.

Ian Hinchliffe, a former lecturer in Swedish, is a freelance translator, copywriter and founder member of the Swedish Association of Professional Translators.


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I've seen grammar books that explain things better. This one rather chucks you into things and lets you get on with it. You can get an accurate sense of just how terse it is by using the "look inside" button and scrolling down to page 1: nouns.

Still, it's a great thick book and apparently comprehensive and as modern as a grammar can be.

This might not be my first port of call for an explanation of some point of Swedish grammar, but as an authoritative and helpful reference it would be hard to beat.
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This is a really good book for those starting to learn Swedish - biginners - such as myself. It is very well organised, simple in its language, really comprehensive and covers everything. In short : an excellent choice that is worth every penny !!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. Beginner to master in no time. 16 Dec. 2015
By Rhet B. Astle - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent book that will help you master Swedish. I have had this book for a good month and it has drastically helped me learn the Swedish language. I have only gotten through about 1/4 of the book and hope to be able to write out compound sentences in no time. It really helps to download 8 SIDOR app for your phone as well to HEAR swedish in action. I would suggest this book to anyone who wants to master Swedish!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Bad Kindle Version 31 Jan. 2016
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The content seems very thorough and useful for a new student of the language. Unfortunately, entire sections are missing in the Kindle version.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very complete grammar 18 Oct. 2013
By Francesco - Published on Amazon.com
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This book has everything you need for the study of the Swedish grammar, both at an advanced and at a beginner level.

I would suggest the purchase of this book to an intermediate level user of the Swedish Language, otherwise it gets too dispersive.

It is also very up-to-date with the most recent tendences in written and spoken language.
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, thoroughly complete. meets, or even exceeds ... 15 Oct. 2015
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Outstanding, thoroughly complete. meets, or even exceeds for Swedish the level for German set by Hammer's German Grammar and Usage.
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweedish!! 11 April 2015
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Grammar. Looking forward to putting it into these many [unworthy] w-urds of mine.
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