French Grammar the Easy Way

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Overview

Books in the popular Easy Way series present basic subject matter in clear language. Material is presented in a way that makes these books ideal as self-teaching guides, but Easy Way titles are also preferred by many teachers as supplements to classroom textbooks. General readers seeking out information often turn to Easy Way titles for general background and orientation when starting out in new career-related fields. All Easy Way books contain both short quizzes and longer tests with answers to help readers gauge their learning progress. Subject heads and key phrases are set in a second color for quick and easy reference Emphasizing correct grammatical construction and word usage, this title concentrates on the intricacies of French grammar. It can be used as a companion text to Barron's French the Easy Way (0-8120-9505-7), which emphasizes proficiency in spoken French.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764124358
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/15/2004
  • Series: Easy Way Series
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 10.76 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface viii
Acknowledgments ix
Chapter 1 Preliminary Concepts 1
Words 1
Basic Notions 1
Overview 1
Sounds 3
Phonetics 3
Chapter 2 The Nature of Nouns 5
The Nature of Nouns 5
Gender 6
Number 10
Chapter 3 Articles 17
The Nature and Function of Articles 17
Gender and Number 17
Specificity 17
The Use of Articles 18
Definite Articles 18
Indefinite Articles 21
Partitive Articles 22
Remarkable Facts about Articles 23
Elision and Apostrophe 23
Du / De la vs. De 23
De vs. Du / De la 24
Omission of the Article 24
Chapter 4 Linking Words--Prepositions 27
Types of Prepositions 27
Date 27
Location 28
Circumstances 29
Prepositions and Nouns 30
Space--Origin or Position: From--To--In 30
Time--Duration: For--Since--In--Ago 31
Time or Space Indication 33
Combinations Verbs and Prepositions + Verb 34
Principal Verbs Directly Followed by an Infinitive 35
Principal Verbs Followed by A and the Infinitive 36
Principal Verbs Followed by DE and the Infinitive 37
Combinations Verbs and Prepositions + Nouns 37
Principal Verbs Followed by A = Noun of Person/Thing 38
Principal Verbs Followed by DE + Noun of Person/Thing 39
Overview: Tables for Review 40
French/English Differential Table of Verbs + Prepositions 40
Principal Verbs + Prepositions Answer Key 42
Chapter 5 Functions of Nouns 47
The Noun as a Subject 47
Nature and Characteristics 47
Placement in the Sentence 49
The Noun as Complement 52
Types of Complements 52
Identification of Complements 60
Chapter 6 Qualifying Adjectives 66
Rules of Use 66
Agreement 66
Position 69
Degrees of Qualifying Adjectives 74
Chapter 7 Determinative Adjectives 81
Numeral Adjectives 81
Cardinal Numeral Adjectives 81
Ordinal Numeral Adjectives 84
Demonstrative Adjectives 84
Function and Use 84
Gender and Number 85
Suffixes -ci and -la 85
Possessive Adjectives 86
Function and Use 86
Possession Components 87
Adjective Formation 89
Interrogative Adjectives 93
Function and Use 93
Direct/Indirect Question 94
Exclamatory Adjectives 95
Function and Use 95
Functions of the Noun 95
Indefinite Adjectives 96
Function and Use 96
Particular Cases 96
Chapter 8 Personal and Impersonal Pronouns 102
Nature 102
Personal Pronouns as Subject 103
Personal Pronouns as Direct Object Complement 106
Personal Pronouns as Indirect Object Complement 108
Reflexive or Reciprocal Personal Pronouns 110
Personal Pronouns as Emphatic or Disjunctive 112
EN and Y for Inanimate Beings 114
Order of Multiple Personal Pronouns 116
General Order of Precedence 116
Typical Examples 117
Impersonal Pronouns 122
Il y a (There Is / There Are) 122
Ce + etre (This Is / There Are) 123
Chapter 9 Demonstrative, Possessive, Interrogative, Indefinite Pronouns 128
Demonstrative Pronouns 129
Possessive Pronouns 131
Interrogative Pronouns 138
Indefinite Pronouns 147
Chapter 10 Simple Tenses--Etre and Avoir Auxiliary Verbs 152
Verbs 152
Nature of Verbs 152
Characteristics of Auxiliary Verbs 153
Use 153
Function of the Auxiliary Verbs Etre and Avoir 154
Choosing between Auxiliary Verbs 156
Conjugations 159
Formation of Conjugations 159
Verb Types 163
Categories 163
Verb Groups 164
Stems 166
Formation of Tenses 167
Elements of Simple Tenses 167
Components of Compound Tenses 168
Conjugations 170
Chapter 11 Infinitive, Indicative, and Imperative Moods--Present Indicative 178
The Infinitive Mood 179
Meaning of Infinitive 179
Use 179
The Indicative Mood 183
Meaning of Indicative 183
Tenses of the Indicative Mood 184
The Imperative Mood 189
Meaning of Imperative 190
Formation of the Imperative 191
Imperative Forms of Etre and Avoir 195
Chapter 12 Past Indicative Tenses--Passe Compose (Perfect) and Agreement of the Participe Passe (Past Participle) 199
Past Indicative Tenses: Characteristics of the Perfect 199
Chronological Order 199
Definition of Compound Tense 201
Use 201
Components of the Passe Compose 205
Formation 205
Auxiliary Verbs Etre and Avoir 205
Agreement of the Past Participle 218
Rationale 219
Past Participle Agreement Rule 220
Chapter 13 Indicative Mood--Past and Future Tenses: Imperfect--Pluperfect / Future--Future Perfect 231
Key Aspects of Past and Future Indicative Tenses 231
Simple vs. Compound: Common Points 231
Chronological Order 232
The Imperfect of the Indicative 232
Use of the Imparfait 233
Formation of the Imparfait 236
The Plus-que-Parfait of the Indicative 239
Use of the Plus-que-Parfait 239
Formation of the Plus-que-Parfait 243
The Futur of the Indicative 244
Use of the Futur 244
Formation of the Futur 247
The Future Perfect Indicative 249
Use of the Future Anterieur 250
Formation of the Futur Anterieur 252
Chapter 14 Structure--Affirmative, Negative, Interrogative Sentences and Clauses 257
Affirmative Sentences 257
Normal Word Order 257
Verb-Subject Inversion 258
Negative Sentences 260
Normal Word Order 260
Position of Negative Elements 261
Interrogative Form 278
Direct Questions 278
Specific Questions 283
Indirect Questions 286
Chapter 15 Sentences, Clauses, and Conjunctive Subordinate Clauses 293
Sentences 293
Simple Sentences 293
Compound Sentences 295
Linking Words 296
Conjunctions 296
Chapter 16 Relative Clauses 311
Use of Simple Relative Pronouns 312
Common Noun 312
Formation of a Typical Relative Clause 314
Typical Structures of Compound Sentences 319
Use of Compound Relative Pronouns 328
Lequel, Auquel, Duquel: Compound Relative Pronoun Formation 329
Use of Simple vs. Compound Relative Pronoun after a Preposition 335
Use of Demonstrative Pronoun CE in Front of Simple Relative Pronouns 338
Chapter 17 Conditional and Subjunctive: The Higher Moods 347
The Conditional Mood 347
Use of the Conditional 348
Formation of the Conditional Mood 350
Conditional Structures 352
Conditional Conjugations 355
The Subjunctive Mood 362
Characteristics of the Subjunctive 362
Use of the Subjunctive 364
Subjunctive Sentence Structure 366
Formation of the Subjunctive Tenses 377
Appendix Solutions to Practice Exercises 397
Index 421
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