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Russian Grammar (Barron's Grammar Series) Paperback – November 13, 1992

ISBN-13: 978-0812049022 ISBN-10: 0812049020

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Product Details

  • Series: Barron's Grammar Series
  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series (November 13, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812049020
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812049022
  • Product Dimensions: 3.9 x 0.5 x 6.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #779,252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 9, 1999
Format: Paperback
I bought this book several years back. The grammar that was in it was very basic and was not always helpful in understanding how to use Russian grammar properly. But if you are just starting out and you only have room to fit it in your pocket, then I'd say go ahead. But I would recommend a more comprehensive grammar book for those who want to speak a little more clearly.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anyechka on May 19, 2007
Format: Paperback
One shouldn't mistake this book for what it's not. This is a compact-sized reference guide to all of the basics of Russian grammar (plus some other subjects such as pronunciation, idioms, the use of ty vs. vy when addressing someone, and numbers). It's not meant to be the be-all and end-all guide of Russian language instruction; unless you're supplementing this with lessons or with another more thorough book on the language, you're not going to become fluent in Russian by a long shot. It plays the type of role a foreign language dictionary does; sure it contains a lot of information and basics, but you can't do anything with it if it's your only instructional volume.

Grammatical topics covered include when to use which case (nominative, genitive, dative, accusative, instrumental, and prepositional), the declensions themselves (which really aren't that hard to master once you've learnt the basic forms), word order, the different types of adjectives (e.g., superlative, interrogative, demonstrative, descriptive), the different types of pronouns (e.g., intensive, negative, indefinite, reflexive), forming imperative and conditional verbs, adverbs, basic verb conjugation, prepositions, conjunctions, interjections, telling time, and talking about the weather. Overall, it's a great compact resource, and in addition to being used in conjunction with a Russian class, can also be used in preparation for starting a Russian class or to brush up on one's Russian after not having used it for awhile.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Danielle D. on January 2, 2014
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This book is small, yet concentrated. I greatly appreciate that it starts with the alphabet and pronunciation, then immediately proceeds to lay out all the essential grammar rules in an organized way. Vocabulary is presented little by little but I like that the book doesn't try to smash in tons of vocabulary, since after all that's not the purpose of this book. I think it does a good job of laying out a lot of important things that many language books don't bother to do. Grammar is absolutely essential! It's easy to fit in a large pocket or small purse.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Don on November 3, 2013
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As I plan to study Russian next year, I wanted to have two sets of verb tables: one comprehensive and one suitable for taking to class. This fits the latter bill.
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This Russian grammar book is not the most comprehensive grammar, but it's very good for beginners or anyone who needs a quick reference guide.

The book's explanation on aspect in Russian verbs is very clear as well. It explains that the imperfective past is used for processes, whereas the perfective past is used for results. After closer inspection, I realized that these two past tenses are identical to the imperfect and preterit tenses in Spanish. So if you're studying Russian past tenses, you may be able to use the acronyms that I explain in my book on Spanish grammar.

Imperfective Past HIDE

Habitual Actions (used to + VERB)
Incoplete Actions (was/were + ING form)
Descriptions in the past
Emotions/Feelings (most of the time)

Perfectice Past STARS

Sudden Ocurrence
Time Limit/Complete Actions
Action Disrupts action of Imperfective Verb
Result/Reaction
Series of Distinct Events or Instances

Brandon Simpson
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