a self-study guide that helps you come prepared to French class

step-by-step examples

To show you how to get from an English structure to the equivalent French structure.

All the essentials

Straightforward lessons that focus more on the rules than the exceptions. Covers the grammar taught in beginning college courses.

Study Tips

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

one point per chapter

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

Explained in English

To help you learn the 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

Parts of speech

Learn how to identify English and French nouns, verbs, adjectives, prepositions so you can choose the correct equivalent to an English word. 

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

Functions of words

Learn how to identify English and French subjects, direct and indirect object so you can choose the correct equivalent to an English word.

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

English and French grammatical terms

Learn grammatical terms such as conjugation, gender, number, and agreement that 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 analysis of examples

Learn how to get from an English structure to an equivalent French 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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