A New Reference Grammar of Modern Spanish / Edition 5

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For many years A NEW REFERENCE GRAMMAR OF MODERN SPANISH has been trusted by students and teachers as the standard English-language reference grammar of Spanish.

Now updated to include the latest findings of the Royal Spanish Academy's official grammar book, 'La Nueva gramática de la lengua española', making A NEW REFERENCE GRAMMAR OF MODERN SPANISH FIFTH EDITION even more relevant to students and teachers of Spanish.

Key features of this fifth edition include:

  • a 'Guide to the Book', enabling you to make the most of this new edition
  • new vocabulary such as topical and technological terms, bringing you up-to-date with contemporary spoken Spanish
  • more Latin-American Spanish, ensuring world-wide coverage
  • aclearer guidance to recommended usage
    -advice on the Academy's latest spelling rules.
    Whether a student or a teacher of Spanish, you can be sure that this fifth edition of A NEW REFERENCE GRAMMAR OF MODERN SPANISH will provide you with a comprehensive, cohesive and clear guide to the forms and structures of Spanish as it is written and spoken today in Spain and Latin America.
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Editorial Reviews

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The fifth edition reaffirms A New Reference Grammar of Modern Spanish as the most practical and comprehensive Spanish grammar book on the market. By illustrating grammar through references to English and other languages, the authors have created a unique resource, giving the English-speaking reader access to a wealth of knowledge about the Spanish language, explained in a clear, cohesive and effective way. This new edition is the first to incorporate the findings of the latest Nueva gramática de la lengua española, published by the Real Academia Española, making it compulsory reading for students at all levels, academics, translators and professionals interested in mastering the intricacies of the Spanish language. - Javier Muñoz-Basols, University of Oxford, UK

The 5th edition of Butt and Benjamin's New Reference Grammar of Modern Spanish manages to improve an already outstanding text. It should be standard issue for all serious students of Spanish. - Ian MacKenzie, Professor of Spanish Linguistics, School of Modern Languages, Newcastle University, UK

A New Reference is a title we consider compulsory as a reference book for our students in the final year of their BA and BComm International programmes, and also at MA level. I also use it as a reference and I have always found it very useful. This new edition will be even more useful as it includes the new spelling and accent rules and a glossary of computing vocabulary. It is definitely the only grammar book in the market for final year graduate and postgraduate students. - Begoña Sangrador-Vegas, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, National University of Ireland, Galway

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781444137699
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/27/2011
  • Series: HRG Series
  • Edition description: Fifth Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 608
  • Sales rank: 425,246
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

JOHN BUTT, Emeritus Professor of Modern Hispanic Studies, King's College, London

CARMEN BENJAMIN, a native speaker of Spanish and a former lecturer in Spanish at King's College, London

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Fifth Edition vii

Abbreviations and usage xi

How to use this book xii

1 Gender of nouns 1

2 Plural of nouns 16

3 Articles 27

4 Adjectives 49

5 Comparison of adjectives and ad verbs 71

6 Demonstrative adjectives and pronouns 81

7 Neuter article and neuter pronouns 87

8 Possessive adjectives and pronouns 94

9 Miscellaneous adjectives and pronouns 102

10 Numerals 119

11 Personal pronouns 130

12 Le/les and lo/la/los/las 154

13 Forms of Spanish verbs 166

14 Use of indicative (non-continuous) verb forms 202

15 Continuous forms of the verb 233

16 The subjunctive 241

17 The imperative 283

18 The infinitive 292

19 Participles 304

20 The gerund 309

21 Modal auxiliary verbs 320

22 Personal a 328

23 Negation 336

24 Interrogation and exclamations 347

25 Conditional sentences 354

26 Pronominal verbs 361

27 Verbs of becoming 386

28 Passive and impersonal sentences 391

29 Ser and estar 408

30 Existential sentences 417

31 Adverbs 421

32 Expressions of time 440

33 Conjunctions and discourse markers 453

34 Prepositions 470

35 Relative clauses and relative pronouns 502

36 Nominalizers and cleft sentences 513

37 Word order 520

38 Diminutive, augmentative and pejorative suffixes 531

39 Spelling, accent rules, punctuation and word division 538

Glossary of grammatical terms 553

Glossary of computing and telephone termmology 562

Bibliography and sources 567

Index of English words 569

Index of Spanish words and grammatical points 572

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