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An Essential Grammar, 10th Edition

By William Z. Shetter, Esther Ham


274 pages

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Now in its 10th edition, Dutch: An Essential Grammar is a reference guide to the most important aspects of modern Dutch as it is used by native speakers.

Features include:

  • A brand new chapter on negation;
  • A user-friendly style to ensure all elements of the language that are of particular difficulty to English speakers are adequately explained;
  • ‘Let’s Try That’ sections in each chapter containing sample exercises;
  • More examples and cross-referencing throughout, and a comprehensive glossary and index at the back of the book;
  • Full use of examples given throughout illustrating modern usage.

Dutch: An Essential Grammar is the ideal reference source both for those studying Dutch independently and for students in colleges, universities and adult classes.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Pronunciation; Chapter 2: Spelling; Chapter 3: The Plural; Chapter 4: Articles and demonstratives; Chapter 5: Personal Pronouns; Chapter 6: The Verb; Chapter 7: The Adjective; Chapter 8: Object Pronouns; Chapter 9: Possessive Adjectives; Chapter 10: Numbers and Dates; Chapter 11: The past tense; Chapter 12: The past tense; Chapter 13: Some Irregular verbs; Chapter 14: Modal auxiliaries; Chapter 15: The future; Chapter 16: Colloquial speech and writing; Chapter 17: Separable prefixes; Chapter 18: Conjunctions, relative pronouns; Chapter 19: Prepositions; Chapter 20: Word order; Chapter 21: The word er; Chapter 22: Diminutives; Chapter 23: The passive voice; Chapter 24: aspect and Idiomatic usages of some verbs; Chapter 25: Word formation and derivation; Chapter 26: Three stories; Chapter 27: Going on;

About the Authors

William Z. Shetter is Professor Emeritus at Indiana University, U.S.A. He has been an author for Dutch: An Essential Grammar since its first publication and is also author of The Netherlands in Perspective: The Dutch Way of Organizing a Society and its Setting (2nd edition 2002).

Esther Ham is a senior lecturer and director of the Dutch Program at Indiana University, U.S.A. She is Director of Online Education for all foreign languages for the university Center for Language Excellence. Her previous publications include the basic language method books, Help: Kunt U mij even helpen? (2001), books 1 and 2.

About the Series

Routledge Essential Grammars

Essential Grammars describe clearly and succinctly the core rules of each language and are up-to-date and practical reference guides to the most important aspects of languages used by contemporary native speakers. They are designed for elementary to intermediate learners and present an accessible description of the language, focusing on the real patterns of use today.
Essential Grammars are a reference source for the learner and user of the language, irrespective of level, setting out the complexities of the language in short, readable sections that are clear and free from jargon.
Essential Grammars are ideal either for independent study or for students in schools, colleges, universities and adult classes of all types.

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