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Finnish: An Essential Grammar

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Here is the ideal reference grammar for anyone studying Finnish. It provides a systematic account of the structures of the written language and also features the characteristics of colloquial Finnish as spoken in Helsinki and surrounding areas.
It assumes no prior knowledge of the language and clearly explains grammatical rules in a jargon-free manner.
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Published August 19th 1999 by Routledge (first published 1978)
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Ali Cia
A must! I used to carry with me a dictionary and this book. Finnish grammar made simple as possible, of course you will need other books as you progress but this one is clear enough for those who are just starting and feeling overwhelmed by the beautiful complexity of this language.
Fred Karlsson originally wrote this Finnish grammar for Swedish speakers, but after it was translated into English and published by Routledge in 1999, it has become one of the most popular companions for beginners in Finnish.

Karlsson's book has all the grammar that students need to know for the first 18 months or so of Finnish studies (assuming you're going at the pace of University of Helsinki's Finnish for foreigners classes). It's not a textbook -- you'll need something like Terttu Leney's TE
Ursula Kallio
This book is exhaustive and written in plain language (minus the inescapable grammar terminology). I have referred to this book for 20+ years. It is a joy to go back to every single time.

Pay whatever it costs because the value far outweighs the price.
It's not really a book to read from cover to cover, of course, but as a reference book it's both concise (in each article) and exhaustive (as a whole) -- at least as far as I can tell from having used it as a study aid for a couple of weeks now. It's already been invaluable in driving home just how difficult a language Finnish is to learn. (... challenge accepted.)
Quintessential Finnish reference. Though guide to grammar including useful chapters on compound word formation and the spoken language, which is significantly different from the written language. A must-have reference.
Evander v
I wavered a lot over buying this book as it was fairly expensive, but I'm very glad I did, as it's a fantastic resource, in a lot of detail but easy to follow. I use various references for studying Finnish, but this is usually my first port of call (or second after Uusikielemme!) for grammar questions. Well worth the money!
Out of a handful of texts, this is easily the most useful aid to the Finnish language that I've found.
Kailey Curless
A useful grammar reference book written in English for those learning the Finnish Language.
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