Practice Makes Perfect: The Spanish Subjunctive Up Close

Practice Makes Perfect: The Spanish Subjunctive Up Close

by Eric W. Vogt
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Practice Makes Perfect: The Spanish Subjunctive Up Close by Eric W. Vogt

Get up close and master Spanish subjunctive

As you study Spanish you may see the subjunctive as an obstacle to your full understanding of the language. Learning the subjunctive can be one of the most frustrating aspects of Spanish grammar, but it is also one of the most important for being understood and understanding what others say. By adding Spanish pronouns to your range of language skills, you will open up a whole new world of communication.

With plenty of opportunities for practice, practice, practice, Practice Makes Perfect: The Spanish Subjunctive Up Close helps you better understand the nuances of this often-confusing grammar element and develop your skills and confidence as a Spanish speaker with:

  • Easy-to-absorb explanatory materials, examples, and exercises
  • Authoritative guidance on how to form the four subjunctive tenses and when to use them
  • A comprehensive answer key that not only gives you the correct solutions to the exercises but explains the why behind them

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780071631594
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
Publication date: 07/30/2008
Series: Practice Makes Perfect Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 696,222
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Eric Vogt, Ph.D., teaches Spanish at Seattle Pacific University.

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The Spanish Subjunctive Up Close 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've always thought that the Spanish subjunctive was so complicated that it could be covered in a book by itself. I've always hoped for such a book, too. Following is its table of contents: 1. When to use the subjunctive and how to form its four tenses 2. Sequence of tenses and the subjunctive 3. Subordinated noun clauses 4. Subordinated adjective clauses 5. Adverbial expressions 6. Contrary-to-fact statements 7. Comprehensive exercises The author states early in the book that many Spanish students assume that the subjunctive is all about doubt. The author is quick to explain that this assumption is problematic. The use of the subjunctive in doubt or uncertainty is only ONE of its many uses. I'm glad there's a book on the subjunctive that addresses this issue. I used to tutor a student in Spanish who thought the subjunctive was all about doubt. And trying to get her to understand that there was more to the subjunctive than just doubt was a difficult task. The book explains how to conjugate all four tenses in the subjunctive, then it moves on to its uses. This book explains the uses of the subjunctive in the same order as many other books. First, it explains its uses in nominal clauses, then it moves on to adjective clauses, adverbial clauses, and contrary-to-fact statements. The end of the book has exercises. I think this book is incredible, but I personally don't think it's a good idea to explain all four tenses at once. I think it's better to start out with the present subjunctive, learn how to use it, and then move on to the other tenses. The author mentions the future subjunctive and the future perfect subjunctive, but he doesn't explain how to use them. I wish he had it's difficult to find reference materials that explain the future subjunctive. I highly recommend this book. 5 stars!!! Brandon Simpson
Anonymous More than 1 year ago