Alexander da R.Prista

Essential Portuguese Grammar

This is the first Portuguese grammar designed specifically for adults with limited learning time, who have as their objective simple, everyday communication. The author covers the most important points of Portuguese grammar in the clearest possible way, concentrating upon the expressions that you would be most likely to use. All grammatical rules are illustrated with phrases and sentences that you can incorporate directly into your working vocabulary, and hints are generously sprinkled throughout, showing you how to replace difficult constructions with simpler ones.Constantly drawing comparisons with English construction, it presents in logical order all the major aspects of Portuguese grammar: word order, forming questions, nouns and articles, adjectives and adverbs, possessives, demonstrative adjectives and pronouns, how to form negatives, personal pronouns, conjunctions and prepositions, how to conjugate verbs in the major tenses, prepositions and infinitives, and so on.This grammar does not assume prior knowledge of either Portuguese grammar or of grammatical terms: one section is devoted to the definition of all grammatical terms used in the book.This is not a simplified study, but rather a selected grammar for adult use that points out many time-saving short cuts. It can be used alone either as a beginner or as a refresher course in Portuguese grammar or it can be an ideal supplement to a phrase book or record course for home study or class use. Contains four appendices covering regular conjugations, orthographic-changing verbs, and irregular verbs. Glossary of grammatical terms. Index.
135 printed pages
Original publication



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    kostivolka3has quotedlast year

    Word order in Portuguese is frequently the same as in English. This, added to the similarities between many English and Portuguese words, often makes it easy to understand a Portuguese sentence even with a minimum knowledge of grammar. Compare the following sentences in Portuguese and in English:
    Lisboa é a capital de Portugal.
    Lisbon is the capital of Portugal.

    Os turistas geralmente visitam
    Mary Vincerohas quotedlast year
    In every language there are many ways to express the same thought. Some constructions are simple, others more difficult.
    Ernesto Argiróhas quoted5 years ago

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