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With a language disappearing each weeks and neologisms arising nearly day-by-day, an knowing of the origins and forex of language hasn't ever appeared extra suitable. during this captivating quantity, a story background written explicitly for a tender viewers, specialist linguist David Crystal proves why the tale of language merits retelling.

From the 1st phrases of an child to the strange smooth dialect of textual content messaging, a bit publication of Language levels broadly, revealing language’s myriad intricacies and quirks. In lively style, Crystal sheds mild at the improvement of particular linguistic types, the origins of vague accents, and the hunt for the 1st written notice. He discusses the plight of endangered languages, in addition to winning circumstances of linguistic revitalization. even more than a historical past, Crystal’s paintings seems ahead to the way forward for language, exploring the impression of expertise on our day by day examining, writing, and speech. via enlightening tables, diagrams, and quizzes, in addition to Crystal’s avuncular and enjoyable kind, A Little booklet of Language will demonstrate the tale of language to be an enthralling story for every age.

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The Verbs être and avoir, Subject Pronouns, and Negation 35 2. ) aujourd’hui. 3. Il y a une voiture devant la maison. 4. ). 5. Ils sont en classe ce matin (this morning). 6. Mes parents ont un nouvel appartement. 7. Je suis souvent à la montagne le week-end. 8. Elles n’ont pas d’idées concrètes. 9. Tu n’as pas de copains (close friends) ici? 10. Il n’y a pas assez de livres pour les étudiants. Expressions with avoir The verb avoir occurs in numerous idiomatic expressions. Many ideas conveyed with expressions using avoir relate to feelings or sensations.

Nous sommes en voiture. Marianne is in the country. We are in the car. • When a form of être is followed by an adjective, the adjective agrees with the subject of the sentence in gender and number. Les roses rouges sont belles. Red roses are beautiful. Mon appartement est assez grand. My apartment is rather large. • The French definite article (le/la/les) or indefinite article (un/une/des) is omitted after forms of être for simple (unmodified) identification of nationality, religion, or profession.

He’s an old man. That’s the new teacher. • When a plural adjective precedes a plural noun, the indefinite article des usually shortens to de/d’, as you may have noticed in the previous chart. de grandes autos de nouvelles idées d’autres amis (some) big cars (some) new ideas (some) other friends However, colloquial French often retains des before the plural. Ce sont des bons copains! They’re good pals! • A few adjectives that usually precede nouns can also follow them. This change of position causes a change in meaning.

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