A self-study French grammar that helps you come prepared to class

step-by-step examples

To show you how to get from an English to a French sentence structure.

All the essentials

Straightforward lessons that focus on the rules and not the exceptions. Covers the French grammar taught in beginning college courses.

Study Tips

Tips to help you learn common French verbs and word forms, and to remember them.

one point per chapter

In each bite-sized lesson, author Jacqueline Morton explains one grammar rule and illustrates it with English and French examples.

Explained in English

To help you learn French grammar from the point of view of a language you already speak.

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Learn The Grammar Terms Your Textbook Assumes You Know

What are nouns, verbs and adjectives?

Learn what are parts of speech so you can identify English and French nouns, verbs, adjectives, prepositions. This will help you choose the correct French equivalent to the English word.

Example: Play is joue if it’s a verb and pièce if it’s a noun.  

What are subjects and objects?

Learn to identify the function of words used in English and French grammar so you can choose the correct French equivalent to the English word.

Learn what are English and French subjects, French direct and indirect objects.


Example: Him is le if it’s a direct object, and lui if it’s an indirect object.

What is gender, agreement and number?

Learn terms used in English and Spanish grammar such as conjugation, gender, number, and agreement—they play a minor role in English, but an important role in French.

Example: Agreement explains why big is grand when it describes a car, but grande when it describes a house.

Step-by-step French sentence structure

Learn how to get from an English structure to an equivalent French sentence structure. Our examples will take you every step of the way.

Example: Here is the boy I spoke to is Voici le garçon à qui j’ai parlé (word-for-word: Here is the boy to whom I spoke)

Book Reviews

The NECTLF Review
Volume 76 No. 2
“This book covers virtually every grammar topic that beginning, intermediate, and advanced students of French are likely to ever encounter... Explanations are always short and concise, examples admirably clear.”
Amazon.com Review
French Student
"This Book is Worth Every Single Dime!! I cannot emphasize enough just how necessary and crucially important this book is to own for college students of French, from 1st year/2nd semester, up to more advanced levels. This book is readable, concise, and easy to understand for English-speaking students studying French. . . . Take my advice, buy this book!”
Douglas College
Marie-Andrée Rivet, Professor of French
“We have been using English Grammar for Students of French for many years (...) I recommended that book to many of my colleagues as it is a precious tool for learning French grammar and unique in its kind. Please continue publishing it.”

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