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A Dictionary of Intermediate Japanese Grammar Paperback – Import, January 1, 1995
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This book is arranged like an encylopedia, with two to four pages dedicated to explaining each grammatical structure. Samples include 'sore ni', 'totan', 'zaru o enai', and 'kara to itte'. What is also very useful is the appendix, which includes all sorts of goodies such as compound verbs and particles. Although it all sounds as boring as the word 'grammar' itself, this book really makes it interesting.
I recommend this book for any ambitious student of Japanese at about a 3rd to 4th-year level. Furigana readings are attached to most Kanji, but there is very little romaji. There is also another companion book, which is by the same authors and covers basic Japanese grammer.
I really can't think of anything bad about this book. It contains a very useful appendix of compound verbs and compound particles. This is the best 750 pages of grammar you will ever read.
Expensive, but a necessary reference. My main gripe is that it's sometimes not obvious how to look up a phrase and i spend a lot of time digging through index. A little standardization would help (Ex: yarou to suru... would you look this up under "you to suru", or "to suru", or "suru"?)
The appendices offer good usage info on topics as compound verbs and counters. I use it as an English counterpart to some of the japanese profieciency exam grammar reviews that are available in Japan in Japanese.
I hope to be a Japanese teacher in the future, and I'll be keeping this book by my side at all times.
These are so good that I'd buy the 3rd in the series, if it existed, sight-unseen.
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