The third edition of Terence Wade’s <i>A Comprehensive Russian Grammar</i>, newly updated and revised, offers the definitive guide to current Russian usage. <ul> <li>Provides the most complete, accurate and authoritative English language reference grammar of Russian available on the market</li> <li>Includes up-to-date material from a wide range of literary and non-literary sources, including Russian government websites</li> <li>Features a comprehensive approach to grammar exposition</li> <li>Retains the accessible yet comprehensive coverage of the previous edition while adding updated examples and illustrations, as well as insights into several new developments in Russian language usage since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991</li> </ul>
"When Scottish scholar of the Russian language Wade (1930-2005) died, he was well advanced in plans but not actual work to update the grammar that had been highly successful in its 1992 and 2000 editions. David Gillespie (Russian, U. of Bath) took up the task, choosing not to try to guess what innovations Wade had in mind. Instead, he consolidated and added a few new sections, careful to preserve what he believes to be already the best Russian grammar available. Beginning with an explanation of the Cyrillic alphabet and pronunciation, it works through all the parts of speech to word order." (Reference and Research Book News, February 2011)
Praise for the previous edition:
"With the additions of a helpful glossary and of a major section on word formation in the Russian noun, Terence Wade's Comprehensive Russian Grammar, already the best reference book of its kind, has, in its second edition, become even more useful for students of Russian."
-Barry P. Scherr, Professor of Russian, Dartmouth College
"The coverage and fresh, interesting examples make Wade's grammar attractive . . . It will certainly be a standard reference work over the next fifty years."
-The Slavonic Review
Preface to the Second Edition.
Preface to the Third Edition.
Acknowledgements to the Second Edition.
Division of Words.
2. The Noun.
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.
Special Functions of Numerals.
6. The Verb.
The Passive Voice.
The Conditional and Subjunctive Moods.
Constructions Expressing Obligation, Necessity, Possibility or Potential.
Verbs of Motion.
7. The Adverb.
8. The Preposition.
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.
The Use of Prepositions to Denote Action in Relation to Various Time Limits.
Other Important Meanings Expressed by Prepositions.
9. The Conjunction.
10. The Particle.
11. Word Order.