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A Comprehensive Russian Grammar


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Preface. Preface to the Second Edition. Preface to the Third Edition. Acknowledgements. Acknowledgements to the Second Edition. Abbreviations. 1. Introduction. Pronunciation. Orthography. Division of Words. Punctuation. 2. The Noun. Word Formation. Gender. Declension. Case Usage. Diminutive and Augmentative Nouns. 3. The Pronoun. 4. The Adjective. The Long Form of the Adjective. The Short Form of the Adjective. The Comparative Degree of the Adjective. The Superlative Degree of the Adjective. 5. The Numeral. Cardinal, Collective and Indefinite Numerals. Ordinal Numerals. Special Functions of Numerals. 6. The Verb. Conjugation. Aspect. Reflexive Verbs. Impersonal Constructions. The Passive Voice. The Conditional and Subjunctive Moods. Constructions Expressing Obligation, Necessity, Possibility or Potential. Verbs of Motion. Participles. Gerunds. 7. The Adverb. 8. The Preposition. Spatial Prepositions. Prepositions that Denote the Position of an Object in Relation to Another Object (Behind, in Front of, Below, on Top of etc.), or Movement to or from that Position. Prepositions that Denote Spatial Closeness to an Object, Movement Towards or Away from an Object, or Distance from an Object. Prepositions that Denote Along, Across, Through a Spatial Area. Prepositions that Denote Spatial Limit. Temporal Prepositions. The Use of Prepositions to Denote Action in Relation to Various Time Limits. Other Meanings. Other Important Meanings Expressed by Prepositions. 9. The Conjunction. Co-ordinating Conjunctions. Subordinating Conjunctions. 10. The Particle. 11. Word Order. Glossary. Bibliography. Subject Index. Word Index.

About the Author

Terence Wade (1930 2005)was Professor Emeritus and Research Fellow in Russian Studies atthe University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. He wrote 12 books,including Prepositions inModern Russian (1985), Russian EtymologicalDictionary (1996), The Russian LanguageToday (with Larissa Ryazanova-Clarke, 1999), and A Russian GrammarWorkbook (Wiley-Blackwell, 1996). David Gillespie is Professor ofRussian at the University of Bath, UK, where he has taught Russianlanguage and culture since 1985. Gillespie has published 8 booksand more than 50 papers on modern Russian literature andfilm.


"When Scottish scholar of the Russian language Wade(1930-2005) died, he was well advanced in plans but not actual workto update the grammar that had been highly successful in its 1992and 2000 editions. David Gillespie (Russian, U. of Bath) took upthe task, choosing not to try to guess what innovations Wade had inmind. Instead, he consolidated and added a few new sections,careful to preserve what he believes to be already the best Russiangrammar available. Beginning with an explanation of the Cyrillicalphabet and pronunciation, it works through all the parts ofspeech to word order." ( Reference and Research Book News,February 2011)

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