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Guys, quick question, which of these books are the best to learn French grammar?

Guys, quick question, which of these books are the best to learn French grammar?

This one"Grammaire progressive du français" or "Bescherelle La grammaire pour tous"?

April 27, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MikeNolan6

Why did you limit yourself to those two books? I find if I have a grammar question, I usually find the best answer in Advanced French Grammar, by Monique L'Huillier. (This book is written for English speakers.)

If you want the DEFINITIVE guide to French, you want Le Bon Usage (or as many people call it, Le Grevisse.)


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I haven't looked at either in detail, but here are a couple different suggestions: The Ultimate French Review and Practice is quite good for beginning/intermediate, as long as you can read the questions to the exercises, which are in French and good practice; used copies are even cheaper (my early-edition copy does not have the CD and is just fine). I used this to learn to read French--it's old, but it is sufficient. You can buy it used (buy the hardcover, as the paperbacks in this series fall apart with use).

Note that Grevisse's book, mentioned by MikeNolan6 is completely in French.


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There's also Le Petit Grevisse (also in French.)


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But no Micro?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MikeNolan6

Give him time! Le Bon Usage is in its 16th edition, Le Petit Grevisse hasn't been around nearly that long.


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He's out of time--died almost 40 years ago. The updates are made by someone else.


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Yeah, Le Bon Usage has had a succession of authors/editors, and I'm not sure who actually wrote the petite Grevisse.


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I highly recommend Bescherelle to everyone learning French! I used it in school. It is well laid out, easy to navigate and will serve you for years. I would actually recommend Bescherelle verbs, L’art du Conjugaison (the green one) or the Blue Bescherelle Verbs, if you prefer it in English. I think a Bescherelle is an essential tool for all french learners. However, Becherelle is not so much a course but a reference/guide.. so If you are looking for something that is more of a step by step course, with instruction, the Becherelle is not that. Becherelle however is just a great reference with all the french grammar concisely laid out, and verbs organized by group. A Becherelle and a good dictionary and you are set!

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