The Complete Idiot's Guide to Spanish Verbs

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With a unique blend of reference and tutorial chapters that makes the challenge of Spanish verbs far less daunting, this book offers simple explanations and examples for regular verbs, extended listings for irregular verbs, separate exercises for each tense, and an extended tense reference in the appendixes.

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Overview

With a unique blend of reference and tutorial chapters that makes the challenge of Spanish verbs far less daunting, this book offers simple explanations and examples for regular verbs, extended listings for irregular verbs, separate exercises for each tense, and an extended tense reference in the appendixes.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592570003
  • Publisher: Alpha Books
  • Publication date: 7/1/2003
  • Language: Spanish
  • Series: Complete Idiot's Guide Series
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 7.36 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author

Gail Stein has an M.A. from New York University and has taught French and Spanish for over 32 years. She has authored many foreign language books, both text and trade.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Tenses and Moods 1
1 All About Verbs 3
What Kind of Verb Is It? 4
And the Subject Is ... 4
Are You in the Right Mood? 5
What Time Is It? 6
Forming Past Participles 8
Using Haber to Form a Compound Tense 10
Using Past Participles in Other Ways 11
Progressing Along 12
Forming Gerunds 12
Using Estar to Form the Progressive Tenses 14
Repaso 17
2 Regularities and Irregularities 19
Regular Verbs 20
Verbs with Spelling Changes 20
Verbs with Stem Changes 24
Verbs Ending in -iar and -uar 27
Verbs Ending in -uir 28
Spelling-Change Verbs with Stem Changes 29
Irregular Verbs 32
Repaso 33
Part 2 Comparing Tenses 35
3 The Present and the Present Perfect 37
The Present Tense of Regular Verbs 38
The Present Tense of -ar Verbs 38
The Present Tense of -er Verbs 39
The Present Tense of -ir Verbs 41
The Present Tense of Spelling-Change Verbs 42
The Present Tense of Stem-Changing Verbs 44
The Present Tense of Reflexive Verbs 45
Using Reflexive Pronouns 47
The Present Tense of Irregular Verbs 48
Using the Present Tense 50
Forming and Using the Present Perfect 51
Forming and Using the Present Progressive 53
Repaso 55
4 Preterit and the Preterit Perfect 57
The Preterit Tense of Regular Verbs 58
The Preterit of Spelling-Change Verbs 59
The Preterit of -car, -gar, -guar, and -zar Verbs 59
The Preterit of Verbs Ending in Vowel + -er/-ir 60
Verbs Ending in -uir 61
Verb Stems Ending in n and ll 61
The Preterit of Stem-Changing Verbs 62
-ir Verbs with e to ie or e to i Stem Changes 62
Verbs with o to ue 63
The Preterit of Reflexive Verbs 63
The Preterit of Irregular Verbs 64
Dar and Ver 66
Ser and Ir 66
Using the Preterit 67
Verbs Whose Meaning Changes in the Preterit 68
Forming and Using the Preterit Perfect 69
Forming and Using the Past Progressive 71
Repaso 72
5 The Imperfect and the Pluperfect 75
The Imperfect of Regular and Reflexive Verbs 76
Forming the Imperfect of Regular Verbs 76
The Imperfect of Spelling- and Stem-Changing Verbs 77
The Imperfect of Irregular Verbs 79
Using the Preterit and the Imperfect 81
Forming and Using the Pluperfect 86
Forming and Using the Past Progressive 88
Repaso 89
6 The Future and the Future Perfect 91
Using the Present to Express the Future 92
Using ir + a + Infinitive to Express the Future 92
The Future of Regular and Reflexive Verbs 93
Forming the Future of Regular Verbs 93
The Future of Spelling- and Stem-Changing Verbs 93
The Future of Irregular Verbs 96
Using the Future 97
Forming and Using the Future Perfect 99
Forming and Using the Future Progressive 100
Repaso 102
7 The Conditional and the Conditional Perfect 103
The Conditional of Regular and Reflexive Verbs 104
Forming the Conditional of Regular Verbs 104
The Conditional of Spelling- and Stem-Changing Verbs 105
The Conditional of Irregular Verbs 107
Using the Conditional 108
Forming and Using the Conditional Perfect 110
Forming and Using the Conditional Progressive 111
Repaso 113
8 The Present and the Present Perfect Subjunctive 115
The Present Subjunctive of Regular and Reflexive Verbs 116
The Present Subjunctive of Regular Verbs 116
Irregular Verbs in the Present-Tense yo Form 118
The Present Subjunctive of Spelling-Change Verbs 119
The Present Subjunctive of Stem-Changing Verbs 122
Verbs Ending in -iar and -uar 124
Verbs Ending in -uir 125
The Subjunctive of Irregular Verbs 127
Using the Subjunctive 128
The Subjunctive After Impersonal Expressions 128
Using the Subjunctive After Certain Verbs 131
When There's No Doubt About It 133
Using the Subjunctive After Certain Adjectives 135
The Subjunctive After Conjunctions 136
The Subjunctive After Indefinites 139
The Subjunctive in Relative Clauses 140
The Subjunctive in Third Person Commands 140
The Subjunctive After Superlative Expressions 140
Forming and Using the Past (Present Perfect) Subjunctive 141
Sequence of Tenses in the Subjunctive 142
Avoiding the Subjunctive 144
Repaso 146
9 The Imperfect and the Pluperfect Subjunctive 149
The Imperfect Subjunctive of All Verbs 150
The Imperfect Subjunctive of Regular Verbs -ra Form 150
The Imperfect Subjunctive of Regular Verbs -se Form 151
The Imperfect Subjunctive of Spelling-Change Verbs 152
The Imperfect Subjunctive of Verbs Ending in Vowel + -er/-ir 155
The Imperfect Subjunctive of Verbs Ending in -uir 156
The Imperfect Subjunctive of Verb Stems Ending in n and ll 156
The Imperfect Subjunctive of Stem-Changing Verbs 158
-ir Verbs with e to ie or e to i Stem Changes 158
Verbs with o to ue Changes 159
The Imperfect Subjunctive of Irregular Verbs 159
Verbs with i in the Preterit Stem 159
Verbs with u in the Preterit Stem 160
Verbs with uv in the Preterit Stem 161
Verbs with j in the Preterit Stem 162
Dar and Ver 163
Ser and Ir 164
The Pluperfect Subjunctive of All Verbs 165
Sequence of Tenses in the Subjunctive 166
Conditional Sentences 168
Real Conditions 168
Contrary-to-Fact Conditions 169
Repaso 170
10 The Imperative 173
Formal Commands with Ud. and Uds. 174
Forming Formal Commands 174
Adding Emphasis 177
Informal Commands with tu 177
Forming Informal Commands with tu 178
Informal Commands with vosotros (vosotras) 180
Forming Informal Commands with vosotros 180
Indirect Commands 182
Object Pronouns with Commands 184
Repaso 187
Part 3 Verbal Distinctions and Expressions 191
11 Common Verbal Distinctions 193
Using Verbs Alone and with Prepositions 194
Acabar 194
Dar 195
Deber 196
Dejar 196
Estar 196
Haber 197
Hacer 197
Ir 198
Pensar 198
Tener 199
Volver 199
Verbs with Special Reflexive Meanings 200
Different Verbs with Different Connotations 203
Conocer and Saber 203
Deber and Tener Que 203
Dejar and Salir 204
Estar and Ser 204
Gastar and Pasar 205
Jugar and Tocar 205
Llevar and Tomar 206
Pedir and Preguntar 206
Poder and Saber 206
Volver and Devolver 206
Repaso 207
12 Common Verbal Expressions 209
What Is an Idiom? 210
Idioms with Regular, Reflexive, and Changing Verbs 210
Idioms with Irregular Verbs 215
Common Verbal Expressions 218
Expressions with dar 218
Expressions with hacer 219
Expressions with tener 222
Other Verbal Expressions 224
Gustar and Other Verbs Like It 226
The Passive Voice 228
Substitute Constructions for the Passive 229
Repaso 231
Appendixes
A Answer Key 233
B Verb Charts 255
C Compound Verbs 329
D -ar Verbs 331
E -er Verbs 353
F -ir Verbs 357
G Common Reflexive Verbs 363
H Irregular Past Participles 369
Index 371
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