Advanced French Grammar

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Cambridge University Press, Jun 17, 1999 - Foreign Language Study - 706 pages
This 1999 reference grammar, written for advanced students of French, their teachers, and others who want a better understanding of the French language, combines the best of modern and traditional approaches. Its objective is not only practical mastery of the language, but familiarity with its structure. Taking into account modern linguistic research, Advanced French Grammar approaches the French language primarily through the study of syntactic structures, but without excessive emphasis on formalism. It provides a generous number of examples, based on the author's own experience of teaching French to English-speakers, to help the student to understand the different meanings of apparently similar syntactic alternatives. The norms of 'correct expression' are given together with current usage and deviations, and appendixes provide information on the 1990 spelling reforms and on numbers. A substantial index of French and English words and of topics provides easy access to the text itself.
 

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Contents

1 Parts of speech
5
2 Syntax and grammatical functions
20
3 Pronunciation spelling registers punctuation
46
Verbs
63
4 Introduction to verbs
65
5 Present indicative
77
6 depuis and other tense markers
92
7 Future
104
24 Possessive adjectives possession attribution
336
25 Demonstrative adjectives
350
26 Prepositions
354
Nouns pronouns and modifiers
385
27 Nouns
387
28 Qualifying adjectives
410
29 Adverbs
436
30 Comparatives and superlatives
461

8 Imperfect
115
9 Perfect
126
10 Past historic
139
11 Other past tenses
148
12 Subjunctive
153
13 Conditional and the expression of hypothesis
183
14 Imperative
192
15 Infinitive
202
16 Present participle
221
17 Past participle
234
18 Active and passive voices
237
19 Impersonal verbs and the impersonal voice
252
20 Pronominal verbs
262
devoir pouvoir vouloir
273
22 savoir and connaître
293
Determiners and prepositions
301
23 Articles
303
31 Personal pronouns
488
32 Relative pronouns
517
33 Possessive pronouns
533
34 Demonstrative pronouns
538
35 cestil est
550
adjectives pronouns adverbs
559
37 Numbers
592
Sentences and text
619
38 Negative structures
621
39 Interrogative and exclamative structures
636
40 Coordination and juxtaposition
660
41 Reported speech
672
Appendixes
683
2 Cardinal and ordinal numbers
685
Bibliography
688
Index
691
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