Books on Spanish sentence structure

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I need recommendation for a book on Spanish sentence structure. I prefer an English language book with both Spanish and English examples.
Thank you in advance,

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updated JUL 1, 2009
posted by Zoltán

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Spanish for Dummies may work... that is my suggestion...Thank you, good suggestion. I already fit half of the title.

updated JUL 1, 2009
posted by Zoltán
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Spanish for Dummies may work... that is my suggestion...

updated JUN 28, 2009
posted by eric_collins
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Mmmm... I still don't get it. Can you give me an example of a sentence where you have a problem, or what goes wrong'I am back from vacation, and I do not want to restart a stale topic. I will go to 'Amazon' or more than likely to a local book outlet and get few books on Spanish grammar. But...
to answer your question (if I am capable to do it), what comes first verb or adverb, adjective or noun. Lately, I have been saving your discussion but I have nothing saved on this subject. I also know that you and some others clearly defined this subject, so I do not want to restart it.
Thank you for being here for us.

updated JUN 27, 2009
posted by Zoltán
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What I have not mastered yet among many other aspect of the Spanish language is how to but a sentence together. What I should do is go to Amazon and buy a handful of books on Spanish grammar.

Mmmm... I still don't get it. Can you give me an example of a sentence where you have a problem, or what goes wrong'

updated JUN 19, 2009
posted by lazarus1907
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What do you mean exactly by sentence structure? Do you mean syntax? Do you want a list of all possible common patterns without detail grammatical explanations? Something else?
I am sorry for a slow answer, actually I wrote you yesterday, but the bit gremlins ate it. May be what I need is a simple grammar book. What I have not mastered yet among many other aspect of the Spanish language is how to but a sentence together. What I should do is go to Amazon and buy a handful of books on Spanish grammar.

updated JUN 19, 2009
posted by Zoltán
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HI Anne, I have just seen this thread on reading and I wanted to point out this thread where I recommended graded reading, might be useful for you too smile

graded reading

Yea, these a neat stories. Even better to read out loud. Thanks.

updated JUN 18, 2009
posted by Daniel
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I need recommendation for a book on Spanish sentence structure. I prefer an English language book with both Spanish and English examples.

What do you mean exactly by sentence structure? Do you mean syntax? Do you want a list of all possible common patterns without detail grammatical explanations? Something else'

updated JUN 18, 2009
posted by lazarus1907
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And I have just dicovered this , it was recommended by Lazrus, who knows what he is talking about. wink

They are the co-authors of a comprehensive grammar of the Spanish language (the best so far, in my opinion), called 'A New Reference Grammar of Modern Spanish'. Check it in Amazon, Abebooks or Google; it is worth having it.

updated JUN 18, 2009
posted by 00494d19
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HI Anne, I have just seen this thread on reading and I wanted to point out this thread where I recommended graded reading, might be useful for you too smile

graded reading

updated JUN 18, 2009
posted by 00494d19
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Daniel,

Thanks for that info - I am going straight to "Amazon".

(I did purchase a "First Spanish Reader" which is not bad - but I think I need something a little more light-hearted!.

Gracias,

Annie.

You might also check eBay if you don't find them at Amazon.com. I've seen both of them listed. It's hard to buy a single cheap paperback book on Amazon because they want so much postage that it is cheaper to go to you local bookstore and buy it new. If that First Spanish Reader is the book I'm thinking of (short story collection of classical Spanish authors with English/Spanish side-by-side)you are correct in that they are very "dry".
Also, if on eBay, check out Escalofrios (goosebumps) , Fear Street, and Junie B. Jones. [all childrens/young adult series] They all are available in Spanish, easy to read, and readily available.

updated ABR 5, 2009
posted by 0074b507
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(I did purchase a "First Spanish Reader" which is not bad - but I think I need something a little more light-hearted!.

Anne: I found the "First Spanish Reader" to be too formal and stiff for my studies. Also the 1st 1/2 of the book only used present tense verbs, and the last half had stories with past and imperfect verb tenses.

updated ABR 5, 2009
posted by Daniel
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Daniel,

Thanks for that info - I am going straight to "Amazon".
(I did purchase a "First Spanish Reader" which is not bad - but I think I need something a little more light-hearted!.

Gracias,
Annie.

updated ABR 5, 2009
posted by nonombre
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I make lots of notes in the margins of these books.

Excellent ideas, but the library is out. Our main library where the foreign language books, CDs and DBDs are burned down few months ago.

Then they won't mind you writing in the margin of their books as Daniel seems to be implying by using an ambiguous "these". grin

updated ABR 5, 2009
posted by 0074b507
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Zoltán:

Here is what I have done: I use children's books in Spanish and study and dissect the sentence construction. I now read (out loud also) juvenile Spanish books that I check out from the library.

A couple of fun books in Spanish I have purchased on "amazon" are:

Scooby-Doo books "Scooby-Doo y la Maldición de la Momia". These are about 60 full pages for $3.00.

One of C. S. Lewis Narnia series, "El León, la Bruja y el Ropero" -- 202 pages for $8.00. My library has this book on audio CD. That has allowed me to listen and follow along, and play in my car to help with my ear-training.

Excellent ideas, but the library is out. Our main library where the foreign language books, CDs and DBDs are burned down few months ago.

updated ABR 5, 2009
posted by Zoltán
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Zoltán:
I will also be watching this post for recommendations. I have not found any book that specifically outlines Spanish sentence structure --except grammar books.

Here is what I have done: I use children's books in Spanish and study and dissect the sentence construction. I now read (out loud also) juvenile Spanish books that I check out from the library.

A couple of fun books in Spanish I have purchased on "amazon" are:
Scooby-Doo books "Scooby-Doo y la Maldición de la Momia". These are about 60 full pages for $3.00.

One of C. S. Lewis Narnia series, "El León, la Bruja y el Ropero" -- 202 pages for $8.00. My library has this book on audio CD. That has allowed me to listen and follow along, and play in my car to help with my ear-training.

I make lots of notes in the margins of these books.

updated ABR 5, 2009
posted by Daniel