Latin Grammar Reference

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jamesee0106.latin
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Latin Grammar Reference

Post by jamesee0106.latin » Wed Oct 19, 2011 9:30 am

Salvete,

What is a good grammar reference for beginners? - "New Latin Grammar" by Bennett, or "New Latin Grammar" by Alen and Greenbough; or are there are better recommendations?

Thanks you!

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Re: Latin Grammar Reference

Post by MatthaeusLatinus » Wed Oct 19, 2011 6:08 pm

They're all equally good imo.

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Re: Latin Grammar Reference

Post by faysal2011 » Sun Nov 06, 2011 3:12 pm

as far as i know, kennedy's shorter latin primer is by far the best first grammer, it's barely 100 pages. out of print though. my copy was off ebay.

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Re: Latin Grammar Reference

Post by Sinister Petrus » Mon Nov 07, 2011 11:32 pm

I've always liked Bennett's New Latin Grammar for quick answers. I suggest it to my students as their first reference grammar. For more advanced work, check Gildersleeve's Latin Grammar.

Both have book previews at bolchazy.com, so you can at least know what you're getting.

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Re: Latin Grammar Reference

Post by justerman » Wed Nov 16, 2011 8:21 pm

I suspect few of us know all the contenders well. Certainly I don't. So I can only say what I have found useful. One would be New Latin Grammar. The other, which takes quite a different approach, would be "Latin Grammar" by Dirk Panhuis.

"A New Latin Syntax" by Woodcock doesn't cover so much ground but I found a lot of intelligence in it.

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Re: Latin Grammar Reference

Post by MatthaeusLatinus » Thu Nov 17, 2011 5:30 am

I thought the book by Woodcock was pretty in-depth.

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Re: Latin Grammar Reference

Post by justerman » Thu Nov 17, 2011 12:50 pm

MatthaeusLatinus, I agree. Great book.

I'm not sure whether you were contradicting me, but if so, I meant that NLG doesn't, for example, document the paradigm declensions and conjugations.

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Re: Latin Grammar Reference

Post by justerman » Fri Nov 18, 2011 8:05 am

In case anyone is interested, when I referred to "NLG" is my previous post, I was actually referring to Woodcock's New Latin Syntax. Sorry!

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