Essential French Grammar (Third Edition)

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Essential French Grammar (Third Edition) by Mike Thacker and Casimir d'Angelo

Essential French Grammar is a student-friendly French grammar designed to give learners a firm foundation on which to build a real understanding of both spoken and written French. Clear explanations of grammar are supported by contemporary examples, lively cartoon drawings, and a variety of exercises.

Key features of the textbook include:

  • each grammar point explained initially with reference to English
  • parallels between English and French provided where relevant
  • ‘Key points’ boxes and tables that summarize grammar concepts
  • real-life language examples in French, with English translations
  • a variety of exercises to reinforce learning
  • a contemporary primary source or literary extract to illustrate grammar in context
  • detailed coverage of punctuation, accents, spelling, and the specific sounds of French

An introductory chapter describes the lexical and grammatical differences between French and English and a glossary of grammatical terms in French and English, useful verb tables, and an exercise key are also provided, making this an ideal resource for both independent and class-based learners. This third edition offers additional activities throughout, describes the much-debated practice of inclusive language in French and includes a brief history of the influence of French words on English vocabulary.

Further grammar practice, in the form of quizzes, is to be found in the instructor and student resources for Essential French Grammar at

An innovative reference grammar and workbook for intermediate and advanced undergraduate students of French, Essential French Grammar is ideal for students at CEFR levels B1 to C1, or Intermediate High to Advanced on the ACTFL scale.

Essential French Grammar (Third Edition) - About the Authors

Mike Thacker was Director of the Language Centre at the University of Surrey from 1991 to 2005 and has taught at all degree levels.

Casimir d’Angelo was Director of the Language Unit at the University of Cambridge from 1998 to 2014, and has taught at all degree levels. He is presently the Director of Global Training Centre at the China UK Development Centre.

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    17.4 x 2.72 x 24.61 cm

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  • Book Publication Date

    7 February 2019

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