French Grammar and Usage

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Long trusted as the most comprehensive, up-to-date and user-friendly grammar available, French Grammar and Usage provides students and teachers with a complete guide to French as it is written and spoken today. It includes clear and concise descriptions of all the main grammatical phenomena of French, and their use, illustrated by numerous examples taken from contemporary French, and distinguishes the most common forms of usage, both formal and informal. This combination of reference grammar and manual of current usage will prove invaluable to students and teachers of French from intermediate through to advanced level. Praised for its clear lay-out and lucid explanations, the new edition includes updated examples, enhanced cross-referencing and expanded explanations of notoriously difficult points of grammar.
 

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Contents

1 Nouns
1
2 Determiners
26
3 Personal and impersonal pronouns
45
4 Adjectives
85
5 Adverbs
108
6 Numbers measurements time and quantifiers
136
7 Verb forms
158
8 Verb constructions
198
12 The infinitive
288
13 Prepositions
317
14 Question formation
350
15 Relative clauses
367
16 Negation
383
17 Conjunctions and other linking constructions
400
Appendix
419
Bibliography
422

9 Verb and participle agreement
222
10 Tense
237
11 The subjunctive modal verbs exclamatives and imperatives
257

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About the author (2010)

Roger Hawkins is Professor of Language and Linguistics at the University of Essex. Richard Towell is Emeritus Professor of French Applied Linguistics at the University of Salford and a past President of the Association of French Language Studies.

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