Practice Makes Perfect: Complete Italian Grammar

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October 30, 2008


Mixed media product, 304 pages


0071603670 / 9780071603676


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Main description

Build up your Italian grammar skills and communicate with ease

The only way to boost your confidence in a second language is to practice, practice, practice. From the present tense of regular verbs to direct object pronouns, this comprehensive guide and workbook covers all aspects of Italian grammar that you need to master.

Focusing on the practical aspects of Italian as it's really spoken, each unit of Practice Makes Perfect: Complete Italian Grammar features clear explanations, numerous realistic examples, and lots of engaging exercises.

Practice Makes Perfect: Complete Italian Grammar makes mastering grammar easy with:

  • Clear, down-to-earth, easy-to-follow explanations that make even the most complex principles easy to understand
  • Example sentences that illustrate and clarify each grammatical point
  • Dozens of exercises in formats suited to every learning style
  • Practical and high-frequency vocabulary used throughout
  • A detailed answer key for quick, easy progress checks

With help from this book, you can effortlessly use:
Possessive adjectives • Relative pronouns • Gerunds • Expressions of time • The passive and the impersonal Si * The subjunctive mood * Question words

Table of contents


1. Nouns and titles

Common nouns
Gender patterns
Spelling adjustments in the plural
Mass nouns
Proper noum=ns and titles

2. More about nouns

More gender patterns
Nouns of Greek orgin
Other types of nouns
Altered nouns
Compound nouns

3. Articles

The indefinite article
The definite article
Uses of the definite article
4. Adjectives

Descriptive adjectives
Invariable adjectives
Form-changing adjectives
Comparison of adjectives

5. Pronouns

Subject pronouns
Object pronouns
Stressed pronouns
Other pronouns

6. More pronouns

Object pronouns with compound tenses
Double pronouns
Attached pronouns

7. Demostrative

The demostrative of nearness
The dmonstrative of farness
Demonstrative pronouns
Indicating words and expressions

8. Possessives

Possessive adjective forms
The third -person forms
Possessives with kinship nouns
Possessive pronouns

9. Partitives

Partitives with count nouns
Alternative forms
Partitives with mass nouns
Adjectives indicating quantity

10. Present tenses

The present indicative of regular verbs
Irregualar verbs in the present indicative
The present subjunctive of regular verbs
Irregular verbs in the present subjunctive
Special uses of the subjunctive

11. Past tenses

The present perfect
Irregular past participles
The past subjunctive
The past absolute
Irregular verbs in the past absolute

12. The imperfect and pluperfect tenses

The imperfect indicative
The imperfect subjunctive
The pluperfect tenses

13. The progressive tenses

The gerund
The present progressive tenses
The imperfect progressive tenses

14. The future and conditional tenses

The future
the future perfect
The conditional (present and past)
Hypothetical sentences

15. The imperative

Regular forms of the imperative
The negative imperative
Irregular forms

16. Reflexive verbs

Compound tenses
Imperative forms

17. Prepositions and adverbs

Preopsitional contractions
Uses of the prepositions
Adverbs of manner
Other kinds of adverbs

18. Sentences

Interrogative sentences
Question words
Negative sentences
Conjunctions and relative pronouns
The ordinal numbers
Numerical expressions

20. Miscellaneous topics

The verb piacere The passive and the impersonal si Other topics Irregular verb tables
Italian - English glossary
English - Italian glossary
Answer key

Author comments

Marcel Danesi teaches Italian at the University of Toronto.

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