9780471134466

Practical Spanish Grammar A Self-Teaching Guide

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    9780471134466

  • ISBN10:

    0471134465

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1997-04-07
  • Publisher: Wiley

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Summary

The fast, easy way to master the essentials of Spanish Now, learning Spanish can be as easy as uno, dos, tres! Combining the quick- reference virtues of a phrase book with the learning tools of a full-fledged language course, this popular guide gives you a solid start. Completely revised and updated for today's usage, Practical Spanish Grammar gives you: * A proven interactive format that has been tested, rewritten, and retested to ensure you can teach yourself at your own pace * Exercises to reinforce what you've learned * Clear explanations of approximately 80 percent of Spanish grammatical structures * Over 1,000 of the most frequently used Spanish words * Sample dialogues with cultural notes and lists of terms

Author Biography

MARCIAL PRADO is Professor of Spanish and International Business at California State University, Fullerton. Born in Spain, he received his Ph.D. in linguistics and Spanish from Georgetown University. He is the author of Advanced Spanish Grammar, another Wiley Self-Teaching Guide.

Table of Contents

Preface viii
Spanish Sounds xi
Basic Expressions
1(11)
Indefinite Articles • Gender of Nouns
4(2)
Definite Articles and Contractions
6(3)
Subject Pronouns
9(3)
En un restaurante (In a Restaurant)
12(16)
The Three Conjugations • Present Indicative of Regular-ar Verbs
18(3)
Regular Verbs Ending in -er and -ir
21(3)
Forms and Usage of ser and estar
24(4)
En un restaurante de mariscos (In a Seafood Restaurant)
28(15)
Adjective-Noun Agreement • Plural of Nouns and Adjectives
33(3)
Present Indicative of ir, dar, ver, saber, and decir
36(2)
Question Words • Numbers in Spanish
38(5)
En el aeropuerto de Sevilla (At Seville's Airport)
43(14)
Present Indicative of tener, venir, poner, salir, and hacer
48(3)
¿Que hora es? (What time is it?)
51(3)
Present Indicative of Stem-Changing Verbs
54(3)
La familia hispana y la casa (The Hispanic Family and the House)
57(33)
Present Indicative of oir, traer, conocer, and huir • Contrasting saber and conocer
63(3)
The Written Accent
66(2)
Negative Constructions
68(22)
Lessons 1-5
72(6)
Lessons 1-5 and Exam 1
78(12)
En un hotel en Mexico (At a Hotel in Mexico)
90(17)
Idiomatic Expressions with hacer and tener
98(3)
Demonstrative Adjectives and Pronouns
101(2)
Possessive Adjectives and Pronouns
103(4)
Una fiesta de cumpleanos (A Birthday Party)
107(19)
Direct Object Nouns and Pronouns • Personal a
116(3)
Reflexive Constructions and Reflexive Pronouns
119(3)
Preterite (Past Tense) of Regular Verbs • Spelling Changes
122(4)
De compras en el supermercado (Shopping at the Supermarket)
126(18)
Preterite of Stem-Changing Verbs
135(2)
Preterite of Irregular Verbs
137(3)
Idiomatic Expressions with Verbs hay, hay que, acabar de, ponerse a
140(4)
En un banco de la ciudad de Mexico (At a Bank in Mexico City)
144(18)
Indirect Object Pronouns
151(4)
The Indirect Object with gustar and with Unplanned Occurrences
155(4)
The Imperfect Indicative
159(3)
En la estacion de trenes de Madrid (At the Train Station in Madrid)
162(43)
Preterite and Imperfect in Contrast
171(4)
Hacer + (Time Expressions) + que + (Present Tense) • Llevar + (Time Expressions) (+ de)
175(2)
Ordinal Numbers • Days of the Week • Seasons • Months of the Year
177(28)
Lessons 6-10
182(6)
Lessons 6-10 and Exam 2
188(17)
Las partes del cuerpo (The Parts of the Body)
205(17)
Comparisons of Inequality
212(3)
Comparisons of Equality • Superlatives
215(4)
Future Indicative of Regular Verbs
219(3)
La buena salud (Good Health)
222(19)
Conditional Tense of Regular Verbs
230(3)
Future and Conditional of Irregular Verbs
233(4)
Familiar Commands (tu)
237(4)
Dos amigos en la farmacia (Two Friends at the Drugstore)
241(19)
Conjunctions y, e, o, u, sino, pero • Formation and Uses of Adverbs Ending in -mente
249(4)
Formal Commands (usted/ustedes)
253(3)
Present Subjunctive of Regular and of Stem-Changing Verbs • Uses of the Present Subjunctive
256(4)
El automovil de alquiler (The Rental Car)
260(20)
Verbs Irregular in the Present Subjunctive
267(4)
Indicative and Subjunctive in Contrast: Information vs. Influence
271(4)
A Review of the Written Accent
275(5)
En un camion mexicano (On a Mexican Bus)
280(47)
Indicative and Subjunctive in Contrast: Perception vs. Emotion
289(3)
Indicative and Subjunctive in Contrast: Certainty vs. Doubt
292(3)
Indicative and Subjunctive in Contrast: Adjectival and Adverbial Clauses
295(32)
Lessons 11-15
301(7)
Lessons 11-15 and Exam 3
308(19)
Appendixes 327(11)
Appendix 1 Regular Verbs
327(3)
Appendix 2 Irregular Verbs
330(5)
Appendix 3 Stem-Changing Verbs • Verbs with Spelling Changes
335(3)
Spanish-English Vocabulary 338(9)
English-Spanish Vocabulary 347

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