Solve the mysteries of French subjunctives
Practice Makes Perfect: The French Subjunctive Up Close puts the spotlight on this tricky grammar trouble spot. It boasts plenty of opportunities for practicing your language skills, as well as extensive examples based on a conversational style that will keep you engaged. The book also features a unique answer key that gives you more than just a listing of correct answers; it clues you in on the "why" behind them.
About the Author
Annie Heminway, a French native, teaches French literature, creative writing, translation, grammar, and online literature and writing courses at the SCPS of New York University. She is a Chevalier de L'Ordre des Palmes Academiques and the author of Practice Makes Perfect: Complete French Grammar and Practice Makes Perfect: French Pronouns and Prepositions.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a highly focused look at one of the few aspects of French grammar that can be confusing to English speakers, with some unusual rules (example: use of negatives) that are not often well explained in text books. I like the book, find it useful, and the diverse rules governing the subjunctive tense are clearly articulated. However, I should warn potential buyers that the NOOK versions of this series have a horrible habit of truncating pages at the edges, which can be annoying, as sentences are sometimes clipped at the end. You can usually figure out what's been clipped, but it's hardly a good translation into an eBook format. So I can only give the NOOK version 4 stars.
I found this book wonderful for taking away any problems I may have had about learning the subjunctive. It provides clear, concise exercises with good explanations and quizzes with answers to help your progress.
The book appears be good for what it was intended. The big problem is technical with the NookColour reader. The problem lies primarily in the right hand column of English translations of the French conjugated examples; they do not show up on the Nook page only the first letter or two. I attempted to rotate the Nook thinking that would work however in spite of having the option selected, this book does not rotate in the Nook. The book shows up just fine in the PC application, so it does not appear to be the book itself. However using this book on my PC was not my objective.