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French Grammar For Dummies(R)

The easy way to master French grammar French Grammar For Dummies is a logical extension and complement to the successful language learning book, French For Dummies. In plain English, it teaches you the grammatical rules of the French language, including parts of speech, sentence construction, pronouns, adjectives, punctuation, stress and verb tenses, and moods. Throughout the book, you get plenty of practice opportunities to help you on your goal of mastering basic French grammar and usage. Grasp the grammatical rules of French including parts of speech, sentence construction, and verb tenses Enhance your descriptive speech with adverbs, adjectives, and prepositions Benefit from plenty of practice opportunities throughout the book Use the French language confidently and correctly Whether you're a student studying French or a professional looking to get ahead of the pack by learning a second language, French Grammar For Dummies is your hands-on guide to quickly and painlessly master the written aspect of this popular language.
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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 Asking Questions 85 Chapter 6: Acquainting Yourself with the Present Tense 87 Chapter 7: Acting on Oneself and on Each Other: Pronominal Verbs 107 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 with Adverbs 157 Chapter 11: Picking Up Prepositions 171 Chapter 12: It?s All Relative: Making Comparisons 187 Chapter 13: Using Pronouns 203 Chapter 14: Adding the Gerund and the Passive to Your Repertoire 227 Part IV: Talking about the Past or Future 237 Chapter 15: Noting Past Actions with the Present Perfect 239 Chapter 16: Reminiscing and Describing Ongoing Past Actions with the Imperfect 253 Chapter 17: Projecting Forward with the Future 265 Part V: Expressing Conditions, Subjectivity, and Orders 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 Avoid Them) 343 Chapter 23: Ten (Or So) Useful French Idioms 349 Index 353

About the Author

Veronique 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.

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