Modern Mandarin Chinese Grammar: A Practical Guide - Modern Grammars (Paperback)
  • Modern Mandarin Chinese Grammar: A Practical Guide - Modern Grammars (Paperback)

Modern Mandarin Chinese Grammar: A Practical Guide - Modern Grammars (Paperback)

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Modern Mandarin Chinese Grammar provides an innovative reference guide to Mandarin Chinese, combining traditional and function-based grammar in a single volume.

The Grammar is divided into two parts. Part A covers traditional grammatical categories such as phrase order, nouns, verbs and specifiers. Part B is carefully organized around language functions and notions such as:

Communication strategiesMaking comparisonsGiving and seeking informationExpressing apologies, regrets and sympathies

The two parts of the Grammar are closely linked by extensive cross-references, providing a grammatical and functional perspective on many patterns. All grammar points and functions are richly illustrated with examples, with a strong focus on contemporary usage.

Main features of the grammar include:

Examples given in simplified characters, traditional characters and romanization (pinyin)Clear explanations and accessible descriptionsParticular attention to areas of particular difficulty for learners of Mandarin Chinese

Implementing feedback from users of the first edition of the Grammar, this second edition has been revised throughout to offer expanded explanations, examples, cross-referencing, and indexing and brand new chapters on aspect, resultative verbs, directional verbs and "ba" sentences.

This is the ideal reference grammar for learners of Mandarin Chinese at all levels, from elementary to advanced. No prior knowledge of grammatical terminology is assumed and a glossary of grammatical terms is provided. This Grammar is accompanied by the Modern Mandarin Chinese Grammar Workbook (978-0-415-83488-9; available for separate purchase) which features related exercises and activities.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN: 9780415827140
Number of pages: 404
Weight: 748 g
Dimensions: 246 x 174 x 25 mm
Edition: 2nd New edition


The authors have rich knowledge of the subject area and have magically transformed a complicated grammar system into reader-friendly learning material.

- Wen-Hua Du, Pennsylvania State University

A very useful introduction to Mandarin grammar. Readers not only learn how to express their ideas with grammatical structures, but also when to use them appropriately. The authors also pinpoint the differences between Mandarin and English, and give clear and concise explanations. A good reference book for teachers and students alike.

- Hsiu-Hsien, Yale University

After having searched for more than 2 years for a usable book, I finally realized that Modern Mandarin Chinese Grammar is in my opinion the only usable one for beginners. This book eventually allowed me to experience the feeling of unlimited immaterial joy when stepping into the world of the Chinese language (and therefore China).

- Rob Beck, Language Learner

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