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French Grammar For Dummies(R)

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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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