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2nd Edition

Intermediate Persian
A Grammar and Workbook

ISBN 9780367209834
Published August 16, 2021 by Routledge
312 Pages

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Book Description

Intermediate Persian: A Grammar and Workbook comprises accessible grammar exercises in a single volume. Each of the 14 units deals with a particular grammatical point and provides associated exercises to help learners reinforce and consolidate their knowledge. In addition, it features four appendices, covering colloquial, polite, literary and journalistic styles. Intermediate Persian reviews the principles presented in Basic Persian and introduces more-advanced features and structures of the language. User-friendly and engaging, Intermediate Persian is suitable for both class use and independent study. This edition is completely revised with additional features, such as a review chapter and translations of all the examples.

Table of Contents


Authors’ preface to second edition


Unit 0:

A quick review of Basic Persian

Unit 1:

Indirect speech

Unit 2:

‘Self’: emphatic, reflexive and possessive

usages of khod

Objective pronouns

Unit 3:

Definite and indefinite, singular and plural:

review and expansion

Vocative case

Unit 4:

Persian equivalents of English modal verbs

More on subjunctive

Unit 5:

More on conditionals

If, unless; otherwise, as if

Unit 6:

Causative form

Optative mood

Past participle as verb

Deleting a similar verb

Regulars on the march

Unit 7:

Impersonal forms

Unit 8:

Position of verbs in the sentence

Verbs of state

Putting on and taking off clothes

To want, to be able to, to know

Unit 9:

More on compound verbs

Ways to avoid passive

Unit 10:

Nouns, adjectives from verbs

Some prefixes and suffixes

Unit 11:

Exclamative form

More on adjectives/adverbs,

comparison of adjectives,


Unit 12:

Correlative conjunctions

More on subordinate clauses

A review of

Unit 13:

How to use digar, hanuz, ham,


Unit 14:

Remember/forget, arrange, change,

difference, meaning/‘to mean’

Appendix I:

Language of politeness and courtesy

Appendix II:

Colloquial Persian/ Tehrāni

Appendix III:

Literary, poetical, archaic

Appendix IV:

Good, bad and ugly Persian

Common mistakes

Key to Exercises.


(includes all Persian simple verbs).


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Saeed Yousef was a senior lecturer of Persian at the University of Chicago, USA, until 2020. He is also a poet and has published books of literary criticism and translations.

Hayedeh Torabi was a lecturer of Persian at the University of Chicago, USA. She is a published writer, essayist and translator.


"As with English, there’s a lot more to Persian than meets the eye, or ear. It needs an all-round practitioner to teach the subtleties of this apparently easy but eloquently idiomatic and multidimensional tongue. Saeed Yousef fits the bill: an experienced teacher, a connoisseur of his own and several other languages, and a poet. His book is an essential vade mecum for all who have decided to make Persian their own."

 John Perry, Professor of Persian (Emeritus), The University of Chicago, USA