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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on February 24, 2006
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Amazon asked me to give a review. I read the first review with dismay and disagree with it on all points. The book is a required text for the advanced grammar class I'm taking at the university. Are American students lazy? Of course learning a language is hard work. Of course one must study diligently for a few hours each day if one wants to improve. Of course there is new vocabulary. That's the point of learning. I've used many grammar books to study french, and at the level I'm at, this one is very useful. I'm delighted to finally have a text in french. I'm challenged by the exercises and find they push me along on my quest for a better understanding of the mechanics of the language. Perhaps this book isn't for the novice, but I'm content.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 18, 2006
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I'm not an advanced student of French, but I used this book years ago in an intro college level French grammar class. I loved it - everything is clearly explained, examples are both clear and relevant and since most of the book is in French, you get a chance to boost your vocabulary at the same time. If you are not only interested in the HOW but also the WHY of French grammar, get this book. You won't regret it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I used this book in my French grammar class at NKU. I'm very good at learning grammar in any language. But this book taught be several things I had never learned before.

The chapter on adjectives helped me a great deal. I had no idea that the adjective could be invariable in certain situations, ie after "quelque chose" and "rien."

This book's explanations on verbs could be a little better. But I especially like the section that gives you a list of verbs that are followed by a prepostion.

The only thing I don't like about this book is that it is has an illogical order of chapters. For example, it explains nouns and adjectives, then the past tenses, then the determiners (def articles, etc).

Brandon Simpson
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 26, 2011
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I used this book back in 2004-05 for my 300 level French classes, and I still adore it. I use if for refreshment and reference now and again, making it invaluable to me. The explanations are clear, concise, and with adequate examples. I enjoy the fact that it's written primarily in French, it forces you to focus on what you're doing: learning a language.

I do wish there were a complete answer key, rather than for only some of the exercise, but all in all, I highly recommend this book as a learning tool.
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on May 24, 2014
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A fantastic book for grammar review. I used it five or six years ago in university, and just bought another copy to brush up. I highly recommend.
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on January 13, 2014
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The cover and many pages are quite tattered and shows a lot of wear and tear. Though, there is no writing in the text book, which is good.
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6 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on November 17, 2005
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I am a University student minoring in French. I am among the best, if not the best in my class. I have always worked very hard and studied a lot, not just for grades, but because I love French and want to be able to speak it fluently.

I can hardly describe how this book insenses me. First, there are occasionally explanations in English, so it is clearly made for English speakers trying to learn French. But the English explanations are extraordinarily rare.

But what I really, truly hate about this book is that every exercise seems like the authors are trying to show off their mastery of the most obcure vocabulary and concepts. The problem is, the obscure vocabulary and concepts are almost exclusively relagated to the exercises, but are not covered in the explanation portions of the text.

Already, since the book is entirely written in French, it takes me a long time to read and translate the concepts in the text, some of which are quite complicated. But then, when you have read the grammar explanations the authors give exercises/quizes that are something akin to trick questions and constantly use vocabulary and verbs that no French student will have ever heard before.

This is important sometimes -- throw in a new word here and there. But they do it in EVERY QUESTION, and all it does for the student doing the exercises is send him/her to the dictionary/verb-book 30 or 40 times to do a 10-question exercise.

Every time I finish doing my French homework, which almost always takes me 2-4 hours (usually about five exercises), I am filled with anger. I feel like tearing my book apart. No other French textbook, or any textbook for that matter, has ever made me feel like that. It's ridiculous. I feel ridiculous for being furious at an inanimate object, but there it is. That's how I feel.

It would be one thing if I had all these complaints, but in the end felt like I was, after all the frustration, developing a very good grasp of French grammer. Hah...if only. By the time we've left subjunctive verbs and moved on to relative pronouns I feel like I have a fleeting idea of the subjunctive at best.

This book is awful. PLEASE, if you're a french teacher, do not use this book to teach grammar.
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