Bengali: A Comprehensive Grammar is a complete reference guide to Bengali grammar.

It presents a fresh, accessible and thorough description of the language, concentrating on the real patterns of use in modern Bengali. The book moves from the sounds and script through morphology and word classes to a detailed analysis of sentence structures and semantic features such as aspect, tense, negation and reduplication.

The Grammar is an essential reference source for the learner and user of Bengali, irrespective of level. It is ideal for use in schools, colleges, universities and adult classes of all types. With clear and simple explanations this book will remain the standard reference work for years to come for both learners and linguists alike.

The volume is organized to promote a thorough understanding of Bengali grammar. It offers a stimulating analysis of the complexities of the language, and provides full and clear explanations. Throughout, the emphasis is on Bengali as used by present-day native speakers.

An extensive index and numbered paragraphs provide readers with easy access to the information they require.

Features include:

  • detailed treatment of the common grammatical structures and parts of speech
  • extensive exemplification
  • particular attention to areas of confusion and difficulty
  • Bengali-English parallels highlighted throughout the book.

part 1|88 pages


chapter Chapter 1|16 pages


chapter Chpter 2|43 pages

Script and sound

chapter Chapter 3|27 pages

Morphological features

part 2|344 pages

Word classes

chapter Chapter 4|32 pages


chapter Chapter 5|19 pages


chapter Chapter 6|32 pages


chapter Chapter 7|29 pages


chapter Chapter 8|25 pages


chapter Chapter 9|33 pages


chapter Chapter 10|10 pages


chapter Chapter 11|10 pages


chapter Chapter 12|15 pages

Emphasisers, particles, interjections

part 3|136 pages


chapter Chapter 13|8 pages

Noun phrase structure

chapter Chapter 14|15 pages

Pronouns in use

chapter Chapter 15|5 pages

Verbs of being

chapter Chapter 16|4 pages

Extended verbs

chapter Chapter 17|8 pages

Causative verbs

chapter Chapter 18|22 pages

Compound verbs

chapter Chapter 19|13 pages

Conjunct verbs

chapter Chapter 20|16 pages

Verbal noun

chapter Chapter 21|13 pages

Inperfective participle

chapter Chapter 22|8 pages

Conditional participle

chapter C h a p t e r 2 3|15 pages

Perfective participle

chapter Chapter 24|7 pages

Verb valency

part 4|128 pages

Se n te n ces

chapter C h 21 pt e r 25|16 pages

Sentences and their components

chapter Chapter 26|13 pages

Sentence classification

chapter Chapter 27|15 pages


chapter Chapter 28|31 pages


chapter Chapter 29|51 pages

Compound and complex sentences

part 5|163 pages

Semantic features

chapter Chapter 30|28 pages

Case use

chapter Chapter 31|20 pages

Tense use

chapter |10 pages

Chapter 32

chapter Chapter 33|15 pages


chapter Chapter 34|27 pages


chapter Chapter 35|9 pages

Pairings and doublings

chapter Chapter 36|11 pages


chapter Chapter 37|21 pages

Individual verbs

chapter Chapter 38|15 pages


chapter Chapter 39|5 pages