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Practice Makes Perfect Complete French Grammar (Practice Makes Perfect Series) 2nd Edition

4.1 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0071787819
ISBN-10: 007178781X
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About the Author

Annie Heminway, a French native, teaches French literature, creative writing, translation, grammar, and online literature and writing courses at the New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies. She is a Chevalier de L'Ordre des Palmes Académiques and the author of Better Reading French and Practice Makes Perfect: French Pronouns and Prepositions.

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Product Details

  • Series: Practice Makes Perfect Series
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 2 edition (March 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 007178781X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071787819
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.7 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am sure that the French Grammars prepared by the american publishers and authors are very systematic and concise. Let me thank the author Prof. Annie Heminway for this book. Still in this edition I have noticed several mistakes somewhat like misprints. E.g. the book gives the correct answer on page 294 to the task 2 (se tromper) in exercise ex.13-5 (mettre les prepositions...au subjonctif): "vous tromper". BUT the correct is - "vous trompiez". The next - the correct answer given by the book on page 295 to the exercise 13-6 on pages 111-112 "qu'il lit le journal", where as the correct answer is "...qu'il lise le journal (subjonctif)".
This Grammar book is absolutely useful and I will procede with my studies but the mistakes given above are embarrassing.
The Internet audio excercises are very helpful, but the disappointing fact is that the text is not read by the native speakers of the French Language. The native elocutionists could be more encouraging.
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I needed a grammar supplement for my independent study student because modern textbooks are a bit phrenetic in their attempt to integrate culture and imitate real-life language acquisition. Most textbooks simply do not offer enough plain drills to give students the repetition they need to master the basic grammar of French. This book is simple, clear, and thorough. My student is learning the structure of the language. Hooray!
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The order of the topics is very different from traditional text books, covering the formation and use of verb tenses and moods before nouns, pronouns, etc. This means I finally get to practice points that I barely had touched on in the courses I was able to complete. Of course, this only works if one has a knowledge of the basic principles of the language, but the abundance of exercises provides just the sort of instruction I need.
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I absolutely love this book. If you are a complete beginner, you might want to learn at least a little French before starting this book. This really helps you with pronunciation as well because it has an online audio answer key. I highly recommend this book if you know at least a little French and are looking to advance in the language.
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I have studied French for six years now, and am in advanced standing at college. However, due to frequently changing schools and teachers, my education is spotty when it comes to an understanding of French grammar. This book has been amazingly helpful at filling in the gaps. I would recommend it to absolutely anyone who needs a good review or would like to improve their basic French skills. Great for beginners, intermediate, or advanced learners.
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I've been using this book for studying on my own and found it easy to follow. The audio answer key is a great idea but the normal rate of spoken French is still difficult for me to understand. I keep plodding on and completing the written exercises so the book is good enough to keep me from abandoning hope of learning French. I recommend listening to French audiobooks, too.
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I ordered this along with many other French grammar books I'm scouting out for this and next semester, and this one is an absolute winner. Clear, concise grammatical explanations with relevant and level-appropriate exercises whose vocabulary matches the students' expected language skills. It manages to fit all the things you want for a French 2 or 3 course, for under fifteen bucks! Perfect resource for self-teaching, or for a course where you want to review grammar alongside authentic cultural materials. As those materials change from semester to semester, this resource will remain useful, relevant, cheap (and let's hope: in print).
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Love the mix of activities in this Grammar book. I like this author's workbooks better than others. She has you write in complete sentences sometimes which is helpful.

Topics cover verbs, verb tenses, pronouns, adverbs, adjectives, some vocabulary, numbers etc. There are 260 pages of exercises, plus two glossaries and an answer key totalling 304 pages. So, you get a lot of exercises and material for the money.

This is a great review book. It starts out with more simple concepts (present tense of verbs) and works up to the more difficult topics. So, you can fill in the holes in your knowledge. It has a clear and pleasing format and organization. It's fun to use. I use it to supplement the French classes I take during the year.

The author is a French native and teaches French at NYU's continuing education program, so she knows what works in the classroom.
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