i hate them, too. my text book was full of them >:(. there were nearly no texts longer than 2 or 3 sentences, because the book publishers thought it would be better if they only gave the pupils original sentences, nothing they had written themselves. <br /><br />it was very boring and confusing, but i suppose it also helped a lot. because it meant that no one was able to just guess what the translation might be, but had to look at every single form.