Download A Student Grammar of French by Malcolm Offord PDF

By Malcolm Offord

A pupil Grammar of French is a concise creation to French grammar, designed in particular for English-speaking undergraduates. maintaining technical aspect to a minimal, it explains the basics of the grammar in obtainable and straightforward phrases, and is helping scholars to place their studying into perform via quite a number enjoyable and fascinating workouts. all of the crucial themes are lined, with chapters on verbs, nouns, adjectives, pronouns, determiners, prepositions, adverbs, negation, numerals, sentences, and clauses. each grammatical element is illustrated with quite a number genuine examples drawn from magazines and newspapers, protecting many parts of up to date lifestyles similar to style, well-being concerns, relationships and recreation. it's sincerely equipped right into a elementary, numbered indexing method, permitting the learner to fast and simply find any grammatical subject. Functioning either as an fundamental reference consultant and a complete workbook, this grammar turns into the proper accompaniment to any first or moment yr undergraduate direction.

Show description

Read or Download A Student Grammar of French PDF

Best language learning books

Plazas: Lugar de encuentros

PLAZAS is where the place tradition and language locate universal floor! This obtainable creation to Spanish makes use of the heritage of vivid, Spanish-speaking cultures from world wide to reveal you to the language because it is basically utilized in daily dialog. With invaluable visuals, modern examples, and thoroughly crafted grammar and vocabulary displays, PLAZAS is your key to luck within the direction and within the language!

Collins Chinese Language and Culture

The language and tradition of China: over 3,000 years of background, greater than a thousand million population, and a rustic that stretches from the tundra to the tropics. absolutely it will take years of research to even scratch the outside of this topic. Wrong!

Collins chinese and tradition is a pointy and informative advent to the advanced topic of China’s language, background, tradition and customs. You’ll research crucial words, realize the origins of the chinese language writing approach, and discover what constitutes a stunning identify in China. along chapters on smooth China’s historic roots or the significance of sure numbers in chinese language tradition, there are classes approximately chinese language etiquette, tips to haggle your method down a highway marketplace, and what to do in a restaurant.

So no matter if as an accompaniment to reports or as a stand-alone consultant, Collins chinese and tradition can provide entry to the existence and language of this historic empire and glossy superpower within the making.

A Little Book of Language

With a language disappearing each weeks and neologisms bobbing up virtually day-by-day, an figuring out of the origins and foreign money of language hasn't ever appeared extra correct. during this captivating quantity, a story historical past written explicitly for a tender viewers, specialist linguist David Crystal proves why the tale of language merits retelling.

Better Reading Italian: A Reader and Guide to Improving Your Understanding Written Italian

New examining sequence brings overseas language acquisition into the twenty first century

While the area produces progressively more examining fabric every year, from magazines to newspapers to web content, why are so much language inexperienced persons nonetheless hoping on contrived texts and vintage literature for language acquisition? supplying enjoyable modern texts within the unique language, the higher analyzing Language sequence is if you happen to are looking to brush up on a overseas language.

With the real fabrics supplied during this sequence, readers might be in a position to peruse a Latin Grammys write-up in Spanish, a function on Alain Ducasse's favourite recipes in French, or a evaluate of a Milan model convey in Italian. Readings on every thing from tune and activities to cinema and modern family members lifestyles are prepared in expanding hassle inside chapters. alongside the way in which, novices will locate guide and workouts to aid strengthen stronger analyzing velocity, comprehension, and vocabulary.

Additional resources for A Student Grammar of French

Example text

Example of Subgroup 6 e´ crire j’´ecris, tu e´ cris, il/elle/on e´ crit, nous e´ crivons, vous e´ crivez, ils/elles e´ crivent 37 –re verbs Subgroup 7 This subgroup contains a series of common verbs which are very irregular in formation, and each of which has a distinctive conjugation for the present tense. Examples of Subgroup 7 boire = to drink je bois, tu bois, il/elle/on boit, nous buvons, vous buvez, ils/elles boivent craindre = to fear je crains, tu crains, il/elle/on craint, nous craignons, vous craignez, ils/elles craignent dire = to say je dis, tu dis, il/elle/on dit, nous disons, vous dites, ils/elles disent faire = to do 14 42 –oir verbs Subgroup 3 je fais, tu fais, il/elle/on fait, nous faisons, vous faites, ils/elles font prendre = to take je prends, tu prends, il/elle/on prend, nous prenons, vous prenez, ils/elles prennent vivre = to live je vis, tu vis, il/elle/on vit, nous vivons, vous vivez, ils/elles vivent and the supreme irregular –re verb eˆ tre = to be je suis, tu es, il/elle/on est, nous sommes, vous eˆ tes, ils/elles sont 38 Group 4 –oir Verbs 39 Present tense of Group 4 –oir verbs Even more so than with Group 3 –re verbs, stem alterations and the existence of small subgroups are extremely common in this group.

Singular –ai –as –a plural ˆ –ames ˆ –ates –`erent 76 Examples of Group 1 –er verbs porter ˆ ˆ je portai, tu portas, il/elle/on porta, nous portames, vous portates, ils/elles port`erent commencer je commenc¸ai, tu commenc¸as, il/elle/on commenc¸a, nous ˆ ˆ commenc¸ames, vous commenc¸ates, ils/elles commenc`erent manger ˆ je mangeai, tu mangeas, il/elle/on mangea, nous mangeames, vous ˆ mangeates, ils/elles mang`erent aller ˆ ˆ j’allai, tu allas, il/elle alla, nous allames, vous allates, ils/elles all`erent 77 Past historic tense of Group 2 –ir verbs All Subgroup 1 and Subgroup 3 (cueillir) verbs and many Subgroup 2 verbs form their past historic tense in the same way.

56 Present participles These are normally formed by adding the ending –ant to the stem of the first person plural of the verb. Examples Group 1 –er verbs porter portant Subgroups appeler – appelant; acheter – achetant; mener – menant; esp´erer – esp´erant; commencer – commenc¸ant; manger – mangeant; aller – allant Group 2 –ir verbs Subgroups finir 23 A STUDENT GUIDE TO FRENCH GRAMMAR finissant partir partant cueillir – cueillant; tenir – tenant; mourir – mourant Group 3 –re verbs Subgroups vendre - vendant; rompre - rompant; battre - battant; croire - croyant; lire - lisant; ´ecrire - e´ crivant; conduire - conduisant; craindre - craignant; boire - buvant; dire - disant; faire - faisant; prendre - prenant; vivre - vivant ˆetre - e´ tant Group 4 –oir verbs Subgroups recevoir - recevant; voir - voyant; asseoir - asseyant; devoir - devant; falloir - no present participle; mouvoir - mouvant; pleuvoir - pleuvant; pouvoir – pouvant; valoir – valant; vouloir – voulant 57 Exceptions There are a very few exceptions to this principle – avoir - ayant savoir - sachant 58 Past participles The groups form their past participles in distinctive ways.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.51 of 5 – based on 9 votes