Long trusted as the most comprehensive, up-to-date and user- friendly grammar available, French Grammar and Usage provides students and teachers with a complete guide to French as it is written and spoken today. It includes clear and concise descriptions of all the main grammatical phenomena of French, and their use, illustrated by numerous examples taken from contemporary French, and distinguishes the most common forms of usage, both formal and informal. This combination of reference grammar and manual of current usage will prove invaluable to students and teachers of French from intermediate through to advanced level. Praised for its clear lay-out and lucid explanations, the new edition includes updated examples, enhanced cross-referencing and expanded explanations of notoriously difficult points of grammar.
Roger Hawkins is Professor of Language and Linguistics at the University of Essex. Richard Towell is Emeritus Professor of French Applied Linguistics at the University of Salford and a past President of the Association of French Language Studies.
Guide for the user Glossary of key grammatical terms 1. Nouns 2. Determiners 3. Personal and impersonal pronouns 4. Adjectives 5. Adverbs 6. Numbers, measurements, time and quantifiers 7. Verb forms 8. Verb constructions 9. Verb and participle agreement 10. Tense 11. The subjunctive, modal verbs, exclamatives and imperatives 12. The infinitive 13. Prepositions 14. Question formation 15. Relative clauses 16. Negation 17. Conjunctions and other linking constructions