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Portuguese grammar references

Reviews of Portuguese grammar reference materials.

Modern Portuguese: A Reference Grammar by Mario Perini

Score: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 (9) 10 “Nine outta ten!” Pros: solid treatment of huge range of grammar and sentence structure topics; plenty of examples of real-life Brazilian Portuguese in use; author focuses on grammar as it’s used by native speakers in Brazil, unlike the standard language of even Brazilian Portuguese […]

Teach Yourself Portuguese Grammar by Sue Tyson-Ward

Score: 1 2 3 4 5 (6) 7 8 9 10 “Six outta ten!” Pros: covers a great deal of grammar up to the later intermediate level; explanations and examples of Portuguese sentences; lots of exercises with variety and relevance to topics; decent balance of both Brazilian and European Portuguese (but not perfect, so proceed […]

Harrap’s Pocket Portuguese Grammar

Score: 1 2 3 4 5 6 (7) 8 9 10 “Seven outta ten!” Pros: covers European and Brazilian Portuguese; solid organization by major grammar topics; color and formatting design clearly sets relevant topics apart for easy look-up Cons: too compact to cover some of the more difficult aspects of many topics; explanations focus on […]

Portuguese Verbs and Essentials of Grammar by Sue Tyson-Ward

Score: 1 2 3 (4) 5 6 7 8 9 10 “Four outta ten!” Pros: short explanations and good examples; overall decent organization; good coverage of beginner-intermediate Portuguese grammar topics; low price Cons: no exercises; unclear relation between some sections and chapters; missing a crucially needed look-up system for reference use Sue Tyson-Ward’s Portuguese Verbs […]

Portuguese: An Essential Grammar by Janet Lloyd

Score: 1 2 3 4 5 (6) 7 8 9 10 “Six outta ten!” Pros: abundant examples; great organization; covers all basic topics of beginning & intermediate Portuguese grammar Cons: European Portuguese dialect only; no exercises; short, terse explanations leave some to fend for themselves; better as a reference work Portuguese: An Essential Grammar offers […]

Essential Portuguese Grammar by Alexander da R. Prista

Score: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 (8) 9 10 “Eight outta ten!” Pros: price; straightforward explanations; abundant examples; great coverage of basic grammar; handy index and table of contents Cons: doesn’t venture beyond intermediate level; cuts out some trickier points; supplementary to a conversation course Prista’s Essential Portuguese Grammar (not to be confused […]

Barron’s 501 Portuguese Verbs (Paperback) by John J. Nitti & Michael J. Ferreira

Score: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 (8) 9 10 “Eight outta ten!” Pros: does exactly what it sets out to; great reference book; easy to flip through & search; examples of each verb in use; affordable price; good introduction Cons: limited in scope; most verbs highly regular & arguably not “necessary”; some of […]