Dutch: An Essential Grammar

9th Edition

By William Z. Shetter, Esther Ham

© 2007 – Routledge

296 pages

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Hardback: 9780415423076
pub: 2007-07-10
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About the Book

Developed with the beginner in mind, this Grammar uses abundant examples and extensive cross-referencing to present the language in an engaging and accessible manner. Features include:

  • core vocabulary for each unit
  • a Dutch-English glossary
  • three short stories
  • further reading and resources.

This is an ideal companion to a classroom-based course, helping to further explain and reinforce the grammar content of any chosen textbook. It is also an invaluable tool for independent learners.


'For over twenty years now I have happily used the various editions of Dutch: An Essential Grammar because of its excellent presentation of the grammar and its highly useful readings and exercises… I heartily welcome the improved new edition' - Harry Vredeveld, Ohio State University, USA

Table of Contents

1. Pronunciation 2. Spelling 3. The Plural 4. Articles and Demonstratives 5. Personal Pronouns 6. The Verb 7. The Adjective 8. Object Pronouns 9. Possessive Adjectives 10. Numbers and Dates 11. The Past Tense 12. The Past Tense 13. Some Irregular Verbs 14. Modal Auxiliaries 15. The Future 16. Colloquial Speech and Writing 17. Separable Prefixes 18. Conjunctions, Relative Pronouns 19. Prepositions 20. Word Order 21. The word er 22. Diminutives 23. The Passive Voice 24. Aspect and Idiomatic Usages of Some Verbs 25. Word Formation and Derivation 26. Three Stories 27. Going On

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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