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Characterized by clear and accessible explanations, numerous examples and sample sentences, a new section on register and tone, and useful appendices covering topics including age and time, A Comprehensive French Grammar, Sixth Editionis an indispensable tool for advanced students of French language and literature.
Characterized by full explanations and numerous examples, this is a clear, well-organized textbook of French grammar designed for advanced students of French language and literature.
Since its initial publication in 1950, A Comprehensive French Grammar has been an indispensable tool for advanced students of French language and literature. Now in its sixth edition, this well-established work reflects the changes that have occurred in the way French is commonly studied and taught.
Written by renowned French scholar Glanville Price, the sixth edition includes a new section on register and medium. This classic text is characterized by clear and accessible explanations, numerous examples and sample sentences, and useful appendices covering topics including age and time, all in an easily-navigated format. This volume is essential for anyone seeking an in-depth understanding of the French language.
A Comprehensive French Grammar is a clear, well-organized textbook of French grammar designed for advanced students of French language and literature.
About the Author
Glanville Price is Emeritus Professor of French at the University of Wales Aberystwyth. His publications include The French Language, Present and Past (1971), An Introduction to French Pronunciation (1991), Encyclopedia of the Languages of Europe (Blackwell 1998), and Languages in Britain and Ireland (Blackwell 2000).
Table of Contents
Technical Terms and Abbreviations.
1.2 Phonetic Transcription.
1.3 The Two Varieties of ‘H’ in French.
1.6 Division into Syllables.
1.8 Accents and the Cedilla.
1.11 Register and Medium.
2. The Noun Phrase.
2.3.2 Definite Article.
2.3.3 Indefinite Article.
2.3.4 Partitive Article.
2.4.2 Gender According to Meaning.
18.104.22.168 Gender and Sex.
22.214.171.124 Other Categories.
2.4.3 The Gender of Place-names.
2.4.4 Gender Shown by Ending.
126.96.36.199 Masculine Endings.
188.8.131.52 Feminine Endings.
184.108.40.206 Problematic Endings.
2.4.5 The Gender of Compound Nouns.
2.4.6 Words that are Identical in Form but Different in Gender.
2.4.7 Some Anomalies of Gender.
2.4.8 Gender of Other Parts of Speech Used as Nouns.
2.5 The Feminine of Nouns and Adjectives.
2.5.2 Spoken French.
2.5.3 Written French.
2.6 The Plural of Nouns.
2.6.1 Spoken French.
2.6.2 Written French.
2.6.3 Compound Nouns.
2.7 The Plural of Adjectives.
2.8 Agreement of Adjectives.
2.9 The Position of Adjectives.
2.10 The Comparison of Adjectives and Adverbs.
2.11 Adjectives Used as Nouns.
2.14 Pronouns and Pronominal Determiners.
2.14.1 Personal Pronouns.
220.127.116.11 Conjunctive Personal Pronouns.
18.104.22.168 Disjunctive Personal Pronouns.
22.214.171.124 Adverb Replacing Preposition + Pronoun.
2.14.2 Possessive Determiners and Pronouns.
126.96.36.199 Possessive Determiners.
188.8.131.52 Possessive Pronouns.
2.14.3 Demonstrative Determiners and Pronouns.
184.108.40.206 Demonstrative Determiners.
220.127.116.11 Demonstrative Pronouns.
18.104.22.168 The Neuter Demonstrative Pronouns.
22.214.171.124 The Simple Demonstrative Pronouns.
126.96.36.199 C’est and il est.
2.14.4 Relative Pronouns.
2.14.5 Interrogative Determiners and Pronouns.
188.8.131.52 Interrogative Determiners.
184.108.40.206 Interrogative Pronouns.
220.127.116.11 Indefinite Adjectives, Adverbs, Determiners and Pronouns.
3.1.1 A The Conjugations.
3.1.2 B Names of Moods and Tenses.
3.1.3 C The Persons of the Verb.
3.1.4 D Defective Verbs.
3.1.5 E The Morphology (Forms) of the Verb.
18.104.22.168 The Endings.
22.214.171.124 The Stems.
126.96.36.199 A Note on the Subjunctive.
188.8.131.52 The Verbs avoir and être.
184.108.40.206 First Conjugation – Verbs in -er.
220.127.116.11 Second Conjugation – Verbs in -ir.
18.104.22.168 Third Conjugation – Verbs in -re.
22.214.171.124 Verbs in -oir.
126.96.36.199 Irregular Verbs.
3.1.6 F Reflexive Verbs.
3.1.7 G The Passive.
3.1.8 H Negative and Interrogative Conjugations.
3.1.9 I Person and Number.
188.8.131.52 Coordinate Subjects.
184.108.40.206 Collective Nouns.
3.1.10 J Tenses.
220.127.116.11 The ‘Historic Present’.
18.104.22.168 The Imperfect, the Preterite, and the Perfect.
22.214.171.124 The Pluperfect and the Past Anterior.
126.96.36.199 The ‘Double-Compound’ Tenses.
188.8.131.52 Tenses with depuis (que), il y a (voici, voilà)…que.
184.108.40.206 The Future, aller faire, etc.
220.127.116.11 The Conditional.
18.104.22.168 Tenses in Conditional Sentences with si ‘if’.
3.1.11 K The Infinitive.
3.1.12 L The Present Participle.
3.1.13 M The Past Participle.
22.214.171.124 Compound Tenses with avoir.
126.96.36.199 Compound Tenses with être.
188.8.131.52 Verbs Compounded with avoir or être.
184.108.40.206 The Absolute use of the Past Participle.
220.127.116.11 The Agreement of the Past Participle.
3.1.14 N The Moods.
3.1.15 O The Subjunctive.
18.104.22.168 Fixed Expressions.
22.214.171.124 Constructions Allowing a Minimum of Variation.
126.96.36.199 Constructions Allowing a Greater Degree of Variation.
188.8.131.52 The Subjunctive Introduced by que (Introduction).
184.108.40.206 The Subjunctive in Independent Clauses.
220.127.116.11 The Subjunctive in Dependent que-clauses.
18.104.22.168 The Subjunctive after Conjunctions Formed on the Basis of que.
22.214.171.124 The Subjunctive in Relative Clauses.
126.96.36.199 The Tenses of the Subjunctive.
3.1.16 P ‘May, Might, Must, Ought, Should, Would’.
3.1.17 Q The Imperative.
3.1.18 R The Complement of Verbs.
3.1.19 S Idioms with avoir, être, faire.
4. The Structure of the Sentence.
188.8.131.52 A Negation.
184.108.40.206.2 Ne and Another Element.
220.127.116.11.3 Negation without ne.
18.104.22.168.4 Ne Alone.
22.214.171.124.5 De, du, etc., un(e) and the Direct Object of Negative Verbs.
126.96.36.199 B The Negative Conjunction ni ‘Neither, Nor’.
188.8.131.52 C Negation of an Element Other Than a Verb.
4.2 Interrogative Sentences (Questions).
184.108.40.206 A Direct Questions – Total Interrogation.
220.127.116.11 B Direct Questions – Partial Interrogation.
18.104.22.168 C Indirect Questions.
5. Adverbs, Prepositions and Conjunctions.
22.214.171.124 A Adverbs of Manner.
126.96.36.199 B Adverbs of Time.
188.8.131.52 C Adverbs of Place.
184.108.40.206 D Adverbs of Quantity.
220.127.116.11 E Adverbs of Affirmation or Doubt.
18.104.22.168 F Adverbs of Negation.
22.214.171.124 G Interrogative Adverbs.
5.1.2 The Comparison of Adverbs.
5.1.3 The Position of Adverbs.
5.2.2 Simple Prepositions.
5.2.3 Complex Prepositions.
5.2.4 Government of Verbs by Prepositions.
5.2.5 Repetition of Prepositions.
5.2.6 The Meaning and Use of Individual Prepositions.
5.2.7 Prepositions Used with Adjectives or Past Participles.
5.3.2 Compound Conjunctions Not Requiring the Subjunctive.
5.3.4 Compound Conjunctions Requiring the Subjunctive.
5.3.5 Que as a Subordinating Conjunction.
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