Basic Russian: A Grammar and Workbook

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Designed for students with a basic knowledge of Russian, this book provides an accessible reference grammar and related exercises in a single volume.
Across more than forty grammar topics it introduces the student to Russian people and culture through the medium of the language used today, covering the core material which the student would expect to encounter in their first year of learning Russian.
Complete with a full key to exercises and glossary, Basic Russian is a user-friendly reference grammar suitable for both independent study and class use.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415183178
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/16/1999
  • Series: Grammar Workbooks Series
  • Edition description: WORKBOOK
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 0.75 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Table of Contents



Talking about people and things

1 Identifying people and objects: Gender, 'Hard' and 'soft' endings, Number, Pronouns, Negation, Antithesis

2 Describing people and objects: Nominal modifiers, Agreement of nominal modifiers

3 Where

we do things: Prepositional case, Location without movement (adverbials of place)

4 Expressing likes and dislikes: Infinitives

5 Talking about oneself: The present tense (first conjugation), Consonant mutation in verbs, Reflexive verbs

6 Talking about oneself: The present tense

(second conjugation), Consonant mutation in vebs

7 Revision unit

Saying who does or did what

8 When we do things: Adverbials of time: Frequency, Points in time: The negative adverb

9 Interacting with the world about you: Direct objects (accusative case)


Talking about the past: The past tense, The negative pronoun

11 Emphasising: Word order

12 Revision unit

Describing people and objects

13 Interacting with people: Animate direct objects ('accusative-genitive'), The negative pronoun

14 Elaborating on things:

Nominal modifiers (genitive case)

15 Parting, wishing people well: Genitive constructions

16 Possession

17 Absence

18 Revision unit

Talking with and about people

19 Identifying people's professions: Copula verbs (instrumental case as complement)


Interests and leisure pursuits: Verbs governing the instrumental case, Adverbials of time

21 Interacting with people: The preposition and the instrumental case

22 Seeking information: Interrogative sentences, Prepositions, and the Dative case

23 Going places: The accusative

case, Adverbials of place: motion

24 Revision unit

Responding to others and to the world about you

25 Themes and topics

26 Doing things for others: Indirect objects (the dative case)

27 Expressing likes and dislikes

28 Seeking reactions and opinions:

Interrogative sentences

29 Revision unit

Saying how many

30 Counting things: Quantifiers (cardinal numbers)

31 Expression of age: Dative case, Adverbials of time

32 Dates: Ordinal numbers

33 Biographies: Aspect (formation of the perfective aspect, the use of


34 Revision unit

Making plans

35 Plans for the future: The imperfective and perfective future tense

36 Giving advice: The imperative, the perfective infinitive,

37 Expressing desire

38 Expressing possibility and impossibility

39 Expressing


40 Revision unit

Key to exercises

Appendix 1: Declension of nouns

Appendix 2: Declension of adjectives

Appendix 3: Declension of pronouns

Appendix 4: Conjugation of some common verbs

Appendix 5: Numerals

Appendix 6: Spelling rules

Glossary of

technical terms

Glossary of proper names


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  • Posted August 1, 2012

    Not really a workbook

    While this book is very comprehensive, it is not really a workbook for beginners, which is what I was looking for. It is probably perfect for more advanced learners (3rd or 4th year).

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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