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on 28 November 2010
I am in full-time employment and study classical Arabic in my spare time, having done so since 2007. I have tried a number of courses, some online others physical. Thus far I have not encountered a book that encompasses the key principles of grammar in one place (perhaps this is an unreasonable aspiration), with sufficient detail that I would not feel the need frequently to look elsewhere. Finally, I think I may have found it in Professor Ryding's work. It is well laid out, with easy prose, detailed explanations that are not intimidating or overwhelming, sensible examples, and English/Arabic grammatical terms side by side (along with transliteration, for those who might need it). I have shown it to my teachers (both of whom studied classical Arabic in Syria) and they too are impressed with it. It seems possible to me that a combination of this plus Haywood & Nahmad might be all that is needed, along with a good teacher, to gain a reasonable measure of proficiency in what is by its very nature a complex subject.
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on 4 March 2010
Excellent, with clear explanations, albeit rather technical at times, meaning that unlike what is stated in the introduction it is not really suitable for someone who is not familiar with grammatical terms. Still, anyone studying at this level jolly well ought to be!
It appears to be very comprehensive and to cover things that are either not covered, not as well covered or not as clearly explained in other grammar books.
This book should be on the bedside table of every student of Arabic!
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on 28 January 2012
I use a lot of Arab grammars but this one is the best as it is very complete and extensive but in the same time
written in a very clear and understandable way with a lot of excellent examples.
Also the structure and layout of this grammar book is excellent.

I strongly recommend this grammar reference for all students of Arabic throughout all levels.

Kris Janssen
Belgium
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on 7 October 2010
Really good grammar refrerence. It contains everyghing a student should know, with examples, not many, but several.

One bad aspect: The titles and organization of the book is a little confusing. Uses smaller font size for section titles, sometimes, and it's quite difficult to find, while passing by through the pages, the general organization because you can't identify quickly the titles. Just that.

Dedicates a big section of the book to arabic verb forms (I, II, III...).

At least it looks "modern", good paper, and all. I'm bored of old style books and very confusing and small fond size.

Really good, and modern reference grammar.
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on 26 May 2014
After having studied Arabic for many years, this grammar is the very best of contemporary Arabic I have ever found. To begin with, it places the Arabic letters on the International Phonetic Alphabet's chart. Secondly, it explains what kind of Arabic to be learnt by those who use it as a foreign language. Finally, the author is a specialist in Arabic linguistics.
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on 7 May 2016
Excellent serious book.
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on 22 June 2009
In this book of more than 700 pages, Ryding presents the essential details of the Arabic language's complexities. The work is well-organized, systematic and thorough and the index facilitates its use.

Joyce Akesson author of Arabic Morphology and Phonology: Based on the Marah Al-Arwah by Ahmad b. 'Ali Mas'Ud. Presented with an Introduction, Arabic Edition, English Translation ... (Studies in Semitic Languages & Linguistics)
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