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ISBN-13: 978-1444137699 ISBN-10: 1444137697 Edition: 5th

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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 5 edition (May 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444137697
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444137699
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 6.7 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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The fifth edition reaffirms A New Reference Grammar of Modern Spanish as the most practical and comprehensive Spanish grammar book on the market. By illustrating grammar through references to English and other languages, the authors have created a unique resource, giving the English-speaking reader access to a wealth of knowledge about the Spanish language, explained in a clear, cohesive and effective way. This new edition is the first to incorporate the findings of the latest Nueva gramática de la lengua española, published by the Real Academia Española, making it compulsory reading for students at all levels, academics, translators and professionals interested in mastering the intricacies of the Spanish language. - Javier Muñoz-Basols, University of Oxford, UK

The 5th edition of Butt and Benjamin's New Reference Grammar of Modern Spanish manages to improve an already outstanding text. It should be standard issue for all serious students of Spanish. - Ian MacKenzie, Professor of Spanish Linguistics, School of Modern Languages, Newcastle University, UK

A New Reference is a title we consider compulsory as a reference book for our students in the final year of their BA and BComm International programmes, and also at MA level. I also use it as a reference and I have always found it very useful. This new edition will be even more useful as it includes the new spelling and accent rules and a glossary of computing vocabulary. It is definitely the only grammar book in the market for final year graduate and postgraduate students. - Begoña Sangrador-Vegas, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, National University of Ireland, Galway

About the Author

JOHN BUTT, Emeritus Professor of Modern Hispanic Studies, King's College, London

CARMEN BENJAMIN, a native speaker of Spanish and a former lecturer in Spanish at King's College, London

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Len Forster on November 5, 2011
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I've been a student of the Spanish language since 1960, lived in Miami for 30 years, in Spain for nearly 20 years. Now, in retirement, I've been teaching Spanish for the past 7 years. In all of those years, I've seen many a grammar book, but there is none that is the equal of the a New Reference Grammar of Modern Spanish by John Butt & Carmen Benjamin.

I didn't develop real fluency in Spanish, until I moved to Spain, and one of the first things I did was to order this book. Without it, I would never have achieved the fluency that I have now. I am often taken to be a native speaker, in part because of the accent I developed living in Miami, but, primarily, it's because of my command of the language made possible by my having used this book to master the grammar.

It's not your typical grammar, meant to be taken chapter by chapter. Rather, it's more like a cookbook of the Spanish language, with chapters devoted to specific grammatical and syntactical issues (and with adequate examples). No matter what aspect of the language you want to now about, this book covers it. If it doesn't cover it, you don't need to know it.

Seriously, it is without equal in the category of Spanish grammar books and is the finest, most accurate and up-to-date grammar book I've ever seen. I have now purchased this book for the 4th time, because, each time it's updated, it just gets better (I would never have believed that possible from the 1st edition).

I highly recommend this book, new or used, with a cover, without a cover. You will NEVER find a better grammar book.

If you want to learn Spanish for regular communications, or improve your Spanish, or you want to be a Spanish teacher of a certified translator/interpreter, this is the book for you.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Natalia Velez on December 26, 2011
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I'm Natalia Vélez, Spanish instructor from eLearnSpanishOnline where I give free video Spanish lessons and free podcast Spanish lessons.

My review of this book covers the 4th Edition of "A New References Grammar of Modern Spanish" which has a blue and green book cover. There is a 5th edition of this book that was made available in 2011 that has a yellow and red book cover.

"A New References Grammar of Modern Spanish" is a Spanish grammar book that should be purchased by students of Spanish as well as Spanish instructors. This is possibly the most extensive and comprehensive contemporary Spanish grammar book written in the English language.

According to the authors, the goal of this book was to gather nearly everything that English-speaking students can reasonably expected to know about spoken and written Spanish of both Spain and Latin America at the beginning of the twenty-first century. The authors also intended to design the format of this book for easy reference.
Some of the topics covered in the book include:

1. Gender of Nouns
2. Plural of Nouns
3. Articles
4. Adjectives
5. Comparisons of adjectives and pronouns
6. Demonstrative adjectives and pronouns
7. Neuter articles and neuter pronouns
8. Possessive adjectives and pronouns
9. Miscellaneous adjectives and pronouns
10. Numerals
11. Personal pronouns
12. Le, les, lo, la, los, and las
13. Forms of verbs

One of the features that I like most about this book is the formatting. Each chapter starts out by listing the main points discussed in the chapter. This style of formatting helps set the learning expectations of the student. This book also contains a very useful Glossary of Grammatical Terms.
I highly recommend that students of the Spanish language as well as Spanish teachers invest in this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Eric Jensen on January 24, 2012
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I am a non-native graduate student in a Spanish linguistics program. I have a good grasp of Spanish grammar, but often find myself in need of a good guide to consult the exceptions and details of grammar, such as "Why do we say 'el agua' if it is a feminine noun?". I am also a graduate instructor, so I need to explain these sorts of things to my students.

This book is incredibly comprehensive and has been very useful as an advanced language learner seeking to refine and master the intricacies of the language. I highly recommend it to advanced learners, especially if they enjoy reading about subtleties and minutia of how the language works.

I would be less willing to recommend it to those who are still mastering the basics of the language, and want a quick and concise reference manual. The book sometimes goes into minutia--such as whether reflexive verbs should be labeled "reflexive" or "pronominal", and why they are called reflexive verbs. Such discussion may be a bit much for those looking for a quick and dirty answer.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C. A. SMITH on January 27, 2012
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As the authors say in the introduction, this book is an advanced reference book for fluent or near-fluent speakers of Spanish. This point is made by most reviewers, but it is not emphasized enough. For example,in the verb section, the authors don't even bother with with regular verb conjugation, jumping right into irregular and stem changing verbs (what they call "radical changing" verbs). This can throw off any but the highly advanced learner or the fluent speaker.

In addition to its use as an advanced reference, I've found it to be an interesting venue for browsing. Just open to any page at random and the advanced student will find a wealth of information that he will not be exposed to in any book written for second language learners. I suspect that there is even more here than one would find in a Spanish grammar written for native speakers.
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