French Grammar For Dummies

French Grammar For Dummies

by Veronique Mazet

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Overview

French Grammar For Dummies by Veronique Mazet

The easy way to master French grammar

French Grammar For Dummies is a logical extension andcomplement to the successful language learning book, French ForDummies. In plain English, it teaches you the grammatical rulesof the French language, including parts of speech, sentenceconstruction, pronouns, adjectives, punctuation, stress and verbtenses, and moods. Throughout the book, you get plenty of practiceopportunities to help you on your goal of mastering basic Frenchgrammar and usage.

  • Grasp the grammatical rules of French including parts ofspeech, sentence construction, and verb tenses
  • Enhance your descriptive speech with adverbs, adjectives, andprepositions
  • Benefit from plenty of practice opportunities throughout thebook
  • Use the French language confidently and correctly

Whether you're a student studying French or a professionallooking to get ahead of the pack by learning a second language,French Grammar For Dummies is your hands-on guide to quicklyand painlessly master the written aspect of this popularlanguage.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781118502518
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 04/29/2013
Series: For Dummies Series
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 248,365
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Véronique Mazet has a doctorate in French from theUniversity of Texas at Austin and is the author of two successfulgrammar books. She currently teaches French at Austin CommunityCollege in Austin, Texas.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started with French Grammar 5

Chapter 1: French Grammar in a Nutshell 7

Chapter 2: Sounding Out French Words 17

Chapter 3: Using Nouns and Determiners 35

Chapter 4: Describing Nouns with Adjectives 55

Chapter 5: Dealing with Numbers, Dates, and Times 69

Part II: Constructing Sentences, Saying No, and AskingQuestions 85

Chapter 6: Acquainting Yourself with the Present Tense 87

Chapter 7: Acting on Oneself and on Each Other: Pronominal Verbs107

Chapter 8: Just Say No: Negative Words and Phrases 119

Chapter 9: Handling Questions and Exclamations 131

Part III: Beefing Up Your Sentences 155

Chapter 10: Saying Where, When, and How withAdverbs 157

Chapter 11: Picking Up Prepositions 171

Chapter 12: It’s All Relative: MakingComparisons 187

Chapter 13: Using Pronouns 203

Chapter 14: Adding the Gerund and the Passive to YourRepertoire 227

Part IV: Talking about the Past or Future 237

Chapter 15: Noting Past Actions with the PresentPerfect 239

Chapter 16: Reminiscing and Describing Ongoing Past Actions withthe Imperfect 253

Chapter 17: Projecting Forward with the Future 265

Part V: Expressing Conditions, Subjectivity, andOrders 283

Chapter 18: Wondering with the Conditional 285

Chapter 19: Surveying the Subjunctive 301

Chapter 20: Giving Orders with the Imperative 319

Chapter 21: Discovering Compound Tenses 333

Part VI: The Part of Tens 341

Chapter 22: Ten Common French Grammar Mistakes (And How to AvoidThem) 343

Chapter 23: Ten (Or So) Useful French Idioms 349

Index 353

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