Ernest H. McCarus

English Grammar for Students of Arabic:
The Study Guide for Those Learning Arabic

ISBN: 978-0-934034-35-7
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—Sharon L. Hodgins, French teacher, White River High School, WA

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—Student review on Amazon

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—Student review on Amazon

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English Grammar for Students of Italian

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Modern Language Journal

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Classical World

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—James A. Tarbox review on Amazon

English Grammar for Students of Russian

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Slavic and East European Journal

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—Student review on Amazon

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English Grammar for Students of Japanese

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—Stephanie Z.— Michigan State University

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—Noriko A. Sugimori on Amazon

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—Student review on Amazon

“This is the best book to teach you all-things-grammar for Japanese. Every thing you will ever need to know about Japanese grammar, you can learn from this book.”

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English Grammar for Students of Arabic

“. . . in my search for a "grammar bridge" between English and Arabic I was delighted to discover "English Grammar for Students of Arabic" by Ernest N. McCarus. In placing my order, my hope was that the author had not chosen to go down the "linguistic spaghetti" route in the explanations. I was not disappointed because the explanations and examples in this book are absolutely superb: concise but with great clarity.”

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“I really do think that English Grammar for Students of Arabic is an exceptionally good book because it is one of those all-too-rare titles which identifies a real problem and is brilliantly executed by the author. ”

—Graham Douglas, learner of Arabic

“Good book to complement an Arabic Course. This book is very helpful by relating Arabic grammar to English grammar, and for explaining it in creative and different ways.”

—Cynthia L. Yonge on Amazon

“On the whole, this is a terrific book for intermediate students of Arabic grammar. It covers those obtuse topics like gerunds, infinitives, etc.”

—Review on Amazon 


English Grammar for Students of Chinese

“I’m actually quite excited about this book. . . . This book is clearly outside-the-box-thinking, and should appeal to those students who need more explicit instruction on the differences between Chinese and English grammar. This volume is written by Matthew Christensen, one of the most experienced and knowledgeable Chinese language and culture educators in the field.”

—Prof. Michael E. Everson, Review Editor,
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“I bought this book last fall after my professor shared it with our class.  I have always struggled with grammar in every language class. One reason I stuck with Chinese is because of the more simple grammar structure to the language, however no matter how simple the grammar I still struggled. This book is like a gold mine. It has in one source all the terms I haven't fully grasped yet, in addition to that, it explains these terms as they relate to the grammar concepts in the Chinese language. It has helped me to reach a whole new level of understanding in my studies.”

—Jet Axtell, Brigham Young, Idaho

"I found this book to be very helpful. I think that when we learn our first language growing up, we become ignorant to its grammatical structure. We may use it properly, but lack knowledge of the technical terms.English Grammar for Students of Chinese really helped me to understand both Chinese and English grammar, and it was really interested to see the similarities and differences between the two. The book was well made, and I would recommend it to any student of Chinese."


—Kayli Winger, Brigham Young, Idaho


Gramática Española para Estudiantes de Inglés

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