A Practical Grammar of Contemporary Italian, 3rd Edition

By Denise De Rome

© 2015 – Routledge

480 pages

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pub: 2015-01-15
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About the Book

Soluzioni: A Practical Grammar of Contemporary Italian comprises an engaging reference grammar with related exercises in one volume.

Using an appealing visual layout, Soluzioni explains the main topics of modern Italian grammar in clear and concise language. Real language examples and plenty of varied and imaginative exercises show how grammar works in practice. No prior knowledge of linguistic terminology is required.

Features include:

  • Tables and charts for easy navigation and at-a-glance comprehension
  • Authentic material from Italian media and literature showing grammar in context
  • Graded practice exercises with answers so learners can review their progress
  • A comprehensive index at the back of the book
  • Particular attention to areas of difficulty, with special sections in each chapters dedicated to clarifying problematic grammar points
  • A free companion website at offering a generous assortment of supplementary materials, including helpful appendices on spelling, pronunciation and Italian verbs, a glossary of grammatical terms, a full answer key to exercises, free interactive exercises and website links.

This new and third edition has been fully revised and updated throughout and continues the accessible methodology and focus on contemporary usage that has made Soluzioni the clearest and most comprehensive pedagogical grammar available on the market today. More attention has been paid to the link between grammar and communicative functions, and those between grammar, context and register, and there has been expanded coverage of key areas of difficulty such as tense usage, the subjunctive, word order, causative verbs and verbs of perception. In addition, there are many new exercises. The companion website has also been revised to offer more resources for both students and instructors.

Suitable for class use and independent study, Soluzioni is the ideal grammar reference and practice resource for all learners of Italian, from beginners to advanced students. It is particularly suitable for fast track use in ab-initio courses at university and at colleges.


'Together with its companion website, this new edition of Soluzioni constitutes a useful resource for learners at different levels of proficiency. It can function as a reference book, thanks to its detailed and comprehensive presentation of Italian grammar (including an analytical index of forms and topics at the end of the volume). At the same time, the presence of practical exercises (with keys) and explanations of grammatical terms make it suitable for both class use and independent study.' - Dr Alessandro Carlucci, Faculty of Medieval & Modern Languages, University of Oxford, UK

Praise for second edition:

'Comprehensive but not daunting, clearly laid out in table form followed by exercises, this a very helpful tool for those adult learners, specialists and non-specialists, who wish to gain a more in-depth understanding of the language than is possible by simply following a textbook.' - Dr Elisabetta Tarantino, formerly at Department of Italian, University of Warwick, UK

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Nouns 2. Articles 3. Descriptive adjectives 4. Adverbs 5. Comparatives and superlatives 6. Suffixes 7. Personal pronouns 8. Possessives 9. Demonstratives 10. Interrogatives 11. Exclamations 12. Indefinites 13. Relative pronouns 14. Negatives 15. Prepositions 16. Connectives 17. Numerals and units of measurement 18. The present indicative tense 19. The future tense 20 . The past indicative tenses 21. The conditional 22. The imperative 23. Non-finite verb forms 24. The subjunctive 25. Special verb constructions 26. The passive voice and related constructions 27. Causative verbs and verbs of perception 28. Verbs and prepositions 29. Elements of syntax: Italian word order References Index

About the Author

Denise De Rôme is a full time writer, broadcaster and translator and was previously Head of Italian at the University of Westminster, UK.

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