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  • A New Reference Grammar of Modern Spanish
    A New Reference Grammar of Modern Spanish


Long-trusted as the most practical and comprehensive Spanish grammar book available, A New Reference Grammar of Modern Spanish provides a comprehensive, cohesive, and clear guide to the forms and structures of Spanish as it is written and spoken today, both in Spain and in Latin America. The eagerly awaited fifth edition incorporates the latest research findings of the Royal Spanish Academy's official grammar book, the Nueva gramática de la lengua española --the definitive guide to Spanish grammar. Packed with a wealth of fresh material, this marvellous resource includes new vocabulary--such as topical and technological terms--bringing the book completely up-to-date; more Latin-American Spanish to ensure extensive world-wide coverage; additional tables to consolidate information and allow for easier learning; notes and footnotes incorporated into the text where possible to make the book easier to read; and a "Guide to the Book" enabling you to make the most of this new edition. Spanish is the most popular foreign language in the US and this new edition will be an invaluable reference work for all students, teachers, and travellers.

Author Biography

John Butt, Emeritus Professor of Modern Hispanic Studies, King's College, London. Carmen Benjamin, a native Spanish speaker and former lecturer in Spanish at king's College, London.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Fifth Editionp. vii
Abbreviations and usagep. xi
How to use this bookp. xii
Gender of nounsp. 1
Plural of nounsp. 16
Articlesp. 27
Adjectivesp. 49
Comparison of adjectives and ad verbsp. 71
Demonstrative adjectives and pronounsp. 81
Neuter article and neuter pronounsp. 87
Possessive adjectives and pronounsp. 94
Miscellaneous adjectives and pronounsp. 102
Numeralsp. 119
Personal pronounsp. 130
Le/les and lo/la/los/lasp. 154
Forms of Spanish verbsp. 166
Use of indicative (non-continuous) verb formsp. 202
Continuous forms of the verbp. 233
The subjunctivep. 241
The imperativep. 283
The infinitivep. 292
Participlesp. 304
The gerundp. 309
Modal auxiliary verbsp. 320
Personal ap. 328
Negationp. 336
Interrogation and exclamationsp. 347
Conditional sentencesp. 354
Pronominal verbsp. 361
Verbs of becomingp. 386
Passive and impersonal sentencesp. 391
Ser and estarp. 408
Existential sentencesp. 417
Adverbsp. 421
Expressions of timep. 440
Conjunctions and discourse markersp. 453
Prepositionsp. 470
Relative clauses and relative pronounsp. 502
Nominalizers and cleft sentencesp. 513
Word orderp. 520
Diminutive, augmentative and pejorative suffixesp. 531
Spelling, accent rules, punctuation and word divisionp. 538
Glossary of grammatical termsp. 553
Glossary of computing and telephone termmologyp. 562
Bibliography and sourcesp. 567
Index of English wordsp. 569
Index of Spanish words and grammatical pointsp. 572
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