Basic Persian

A Grammar and Workbook

By Saeed Yousef, Hayedeh Torabi

© 2012 – Routledge

304 pages

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About the Book

Basic Persian: A Grammar and Workbook comprises an accessible reference grammar and related exercises in a single volume.

This book presents twenty grammar units, covering the core material which students would expect to encounter in their first year of learning Persian. Grammar points are followed by multiple examples and exercises which allow students to reinforce and consolidate their learning.

Key features include:

  • Clear, accessible format
  • Many useful language examples
  • Jargon-free explanations of grammar
  • Abundant exercises with full answer key
  • A glossary of Persian-English terms
  • Subject index

Rigorous yet engaging, Basic Persian is suitable for both class use and independent study, making it an ideal grammar reference and practiceresource for beginners and students with some knowledge of the language.


"Based on solid linguistic and pedagogical grounds and covering different layers of the Persian language structure, this book is an essential reference for Persian grammar. Simple and explicit explanations, exhaustive exercises, and interesting idioms and proverbs are among many strong points of this book. Without a doubt, learners of Persian language will benefit from this book." Pouneh Shabani-Jadidi , McGill University, Canada

"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

Table of Contents

Introduction Unit 1: The Alphabet. Unit 2: Nouns and Adjectives. Singular and Plural. The Connector Ezāfe. Unit 3: Numbers. Demonstrative Adjectives and Demonstrative Pronouns. Unit 4: Pronouns. Present Tense: To Be and To Have. Unit 5: Simple Present Tense: Other Verbs. Present Progressive with dāshtan. Unit 6: Definite and Indefinite (1). Attributive -i Suffix. Unit 7: Transitive and Intransitive. Direct and Indirect Objects. Definite and Indefinite (2): rā. Compound Verbs. Unit 8: Comparison of Adjectives. Adjectives As Nouns. Question Words. Telling the Time. Some Distributives / Quantifiers. Double Negative. Unit 9: Imperative. Unit 10: Infinitive - Its Uses. Past and Present Stems. Unit 11: Future Tense. Unit 12: Simple Past Tense. Past Progressive Tense. Unit 13: Past Participle. Perfect Tenses. Unit 14: Simple (or Prersent) Subjunctive. Unit 15: Perfect (or Past) Subjunctive (I). Unit 16: Conditionals and Wishes. Unit 17: From Prepositions to Conjunctions. Unit 18: Tense in Complex Sentences: Time Clauses. Unit 19: Relative Clauses. Unit 20: Passive. Key to Exercises. Glossary.

About the Series

Grammar Workbooks

These titles combine explanation with exercise work. The Basic Grammar Workbooks are for learners starting at elementary level. Intermediate Grammar Workbooks follow on from these and are for learners who have achieved basic proficiency and wish to progress to more complex language. Each combines clear, concise grammar explanations with communicatively oriented exercises to help build confidence and fluency.
Suitable for independent learners and students on taught courses, the Basic and Intermediate volumes together form a structured course of the essentials of each language's grammar.

All Grammar Workbooks are available as inspection copies.

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