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A Comprehensive Russian Grammar

Wade, Terence

Blackwell Reference Grammars


4. Edition March 2020
640 Pages, Softcover

ISBN: 978-1-119-52029-0
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The most comprehensive guide to Russian usage, fully revised and updated.

A Comprehensive Russian Grammar, by Terence Wade, is the definitive resource on Russian usage, providing complete and accurate guidance for students and professionals alike. Now in its fourth edition, this authoritative text continues to be an indispensable reference for English-speaking learners of Russian. Detailed yet accessible chapters cover the essential rules of the Russian language, placing emphasis on the nuances and problems that English speakers find especially difficult.

Thoroughly revised and updated by Russian language experts David Gillespie, Svetlana Gural, and Marina Korneeva, this edition reflects changes in the grammar, the lexis, and the contemporary practice of the language in Russia's increasingly globalized, market-oriented economy. New content includes coverage of words and phrases from IT and social network terminology that have entered the Russian language, original contributions by leading Russian language scholars, and numerous modern usage examples taken from Russian websites, social media, and post-Soviet literature. The standard Russian language reference for English speakers for more than a quarter of a century, this volume:
* Provides a comprehensive, user-friendly approach to Russian grammar exposition
* Covers every essential aspect of the Russian language, including prepositions, conjunctions, numerals, and word order
* Features updated examples and illustrations, new insights into recent developments in Russian language usage, and more consistent transliteration of Russian names
* Includes a glossary of grammatical terms, word and subject indexes, and a complete bibliography

Part of the successful Blackwell Reference Grammars series, A Comprehensive Russian Grammar, Fourth Edition is the ideal guide and reference text for students and teachers of Russian across the English-speaking world, as well as professionals with knowledge of Russian seeking to keep pace with recent changes in the language.

Preface xxvi

Preface to the Second Edition xxviii

Preface to the Third Edition xxx

Preface to the Fourth Edition xxxii

Acknowledgements xxxiii

Acknowledgements to the Second Edition xxxv

Abbreviations xxxvi




Division of Words


The Noun

Word Formation



Case Usage

Diminutive and Augmentative Nouns

The Pronoun

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

The Numeral

Cardinal, Collective and Indefinite Numerals

Ordinal Numerals

Special Functions of Numerals

The Verb



Reflexive Verbs

Impersonal Constructions

The Passive Voice

The Conditional and Subjunctive Moods

Constructions Expressing Obligation, Necessity, Possibility or Potential

Verbs of Motion



The Adverb

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

The Conjunction

Co-ordinating Conjunctions

Subordinating Conjunctions

The Particle

Word Order

Appendix: English Words and Phrases in Modern Russian 533

Glossary 537

Bibliography 544

Subject Index 554

Word Index 571
Terence Wade (1930-2005) was Professor Emeritus and Research Fellow in Russian Studies at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland. He wrote numerous books on the Russian language, including Prepositions in Modern Russian (1985), Russian Etymological Dictionary (1996), The Russian Language Today (with Larissa Ryazanova-Clarke, 1999) and A Russian Grammar Workbook (Wiley Blackwell, 1996).

David Gillespie is Professor at Tomsk State University, Russia. He was Professor of Russian at the University of Bath, UK, where he taught Russian language and culture since 1985. He has published ten books, contributed seventeen chapters and has written more than 100 papers on modern Russian literature, culture and film.

Svetlana Gural is Doctor of Education at Tomsk State University, Russia. She has edited numerous books including The Situational Context Effect in Non-Language-Majoring EFL Students' Meaning Comprehension (2015) and Consecutive Interpreting Training in Groups of Foreign Students (2015).

Marina Korneeva is Associate Professor in the Department of English at Tomsk State University, Russia. She is author of over a dozen peer-reviewed articles on discourse analysis referencing Russian language teaching and the forthcoming work, Methodology of Teaching Russian as a Foreign Language through Discourse Analysis (2020).

T. Wade, Late of University of Strathclyde