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Spanish Grammar for Dummies


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Introduction 1 Part I: Starting with the Basics 7 Chapter 1: Spanish Grammar in a Nutshell 9 Chapter 2: Sounding Out Spanish Words 19 Chapter 3: Naming Things with Nouns and Articles 29 Chapter 4: Describing Stuff with Adjectives 47 Chapter 5: Dealing with Numbers, Dates, and Time 67 Part II: Constructing Simple Sentences and Asking Questions 81 Chapter 6: Writing in the Present Tense 83 Chapter 7: Expressing a State of Being with Ser and Estar 107 Chapter 8: Talking about Action in Progress with the Present Progressive 121 Chapter 9: Replacing Nouns with Pronouns 133 Chapter 10: Expressing Likes and Dislikes 149 Chapter 11: Handling Questions and Exclamations 163 Part III: Beefing Up Your Sentences with More Description 179 Chapter 12: Describing Action with Adverbs 181 Chapter 13: Modifying Meaning with Prepositions 195 Chapter 14: Acting on Oneself with the Reflexive 213 Chapter 15: Using the Passive Voice 227 Chapter 16: It?s All Relative: Making Comparisons 237 Chapter 17: Just Say "No": Negative Words and Expressions 249 Part IV: Talking about the Past or Future 261 Chapter 18: Looking Back with the Preterit 263 Chapter 19: Describing Ongoing Past Action with the Imperfect 281 Chapter 20: Projecting Forward with the Future Tense 295 Chapter 21: Forming Compound Tenses with the Helping Verb Haber 305 Part V: Expressing Conditions and Giving Commands 319 Chapter 22: Wondering "What If" with the Conditional Mood 321 Chapter 23: Taking Command with the Imperative Mood 329 Part VI: The Part of Tens 345 Chapter 24: Ten Common Spanish Grammar Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them) 347 Chapter 25: Ten Useful Spanish Idioms 353 Index 357

About the Author

Cecie Kraynak , MA, is a Spanish teacher, ESL coordinator, and author/editor of numerous Spanish books, including Spanish For Dummies. She has taught and tutored Spanish at the junior high school and college levels for more than 25 years.

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