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Essential Spanish grammar

Author: Juan Kattán-Ibarra
Publisher: London : Teach Yourself, 2010
Series: Teach yourself books.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Is this the right course for me? Essential Spanish Grammar will help you get more out of your study of Spanish. Essential Spanish Grammar is an up-to-date introduction to Spanish grammar. You don't need to know a lot about grammar before you start. Everything is explained simply and there are lots of examples to illustrate each point. Unlike more traditional grammars, Essential Spanish Grammar is structured so that  Read more...
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Kattan-Ibarra, Juan.
Essential Spanish Grammar : Teach Yourself.
London : Hodder Education, ©2010
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Juan Kattán-Ibarra
ISBN: 1444126261 9781444126266
OCLC Number: 818225814
Notes: Previous edition: published as Spanish grammar. 2003
Includes index
Introduction Glossary of grammatical terms 01 Asking for and giving personal information 02 Identifying people, places and things 03 Describing people, places and things 04 Expressing existence and availability 05 Expressing location 06 Expressing possession 07 Expressing obligation and needs 08 Talking about the present 09 Talking about habitual actions 10 Stating possibility, capacity and permission 11 Describing processes and procedures 12 Expressing wants and preferences 13 Expressing likes and dislikes 14 Asking and giving opinions 15 Referring to future plans and events 16 Making requests and offers 17 Referring to the recent past 18 Referring to past events 19 Describing the past 20 Giving directions and instructions 21 Expressing emotional reactions, possibility and doubt 22 Expressing wishes and orders 23 Expressing conditions Reference grammar Irregular verbs Key to the exercises Spanish-English vocabulary English-Spanish vocabulary Taking it further Index.
Description: 1 online resource (xxx, 338 pages) illustrations
Contents: Cover; Book title; Contents; Meet the author; Only got a minute?; Only got five minutes?; Only got ten minutes?; Introduction; How to use this book; The alphabet; Pronunciation guide; 1 Asking for and giving personal information; Subject pronouns; Ser in the present tense; Gender of nouns; Plural of nouns; Adjectives indicating nationality; Negative sentences; 2 Identifying people, places and things; Demonstrative adjectives and pronouns; Ser in introductions and identification; Definite articles; Question words quién, cuál, qué; Possessives mi, tu, su; 3 Describing people, places and things. Ser in descriptionsEstar in description; Adjectives; Question word cómo; Hacer in descriptions of the weather; Tener in descriptions; 4 Expressing existence and availability; Hay; Tener in the present tense; Indefinite articles; Cuánto; Alguien and nadie; Alguno and ninguno; Algo and nada; Other verbs expressing existence and availability; 5 Expressing location; Estar to indicate position and distance; Ser to say where an event is taking place; Words and phrases denoting position and distance; 6 Expressing possession; Possessive adjectives and pronouns; Using de to indicate possession. Ser used with a possessiveExpressing possession with tener; Definite article to express possession; Pertenecer; 7 Expressing obligation and needs; Tener que; Necesitar; Deber; Hay que; Hacer falta; Ser necesario; 8 Talking about the present; Present tense of -ir verbs; Irregular verbs; Stem-changing verbs; Estar + gerund; Llevar + gerund; Hacer in time phrases; 9 Talking about habitual actions; Reflexive verbs; Adverbs ending in -mente; Frequency adverbs; Preposition a in time phrases; Soler + infinitive; Acostumbrar + infinitive; 10 Stating possibility, capacity and permission. Poder + infinitiveSaber + infinitive; Se in impersonal sentences; Ser posible + infinitive; 11 Describing processes and procedures; Passive and active sentences; Passive sentences with ser + past participle; Passive sentences with se; Impersonal tú and ellos; Estar + past participle; 12 Expressing wants and preferences; Querer + noun/pronoun/verb; Preferir + noun/pronoun/ verb; Direct object pronouns; Personal a; Other verbs expressing wants; 13 Expressing likes and dislikes; Gustar; Indirect object pronouns; Prepositional forms of pronouns; Position of indirect object pronouns. Other verbs expressing likes and dislikes14 Asking for and giving opinions; Parecer; Relative pronoun que; Other verbs used in expressing opinions; Phrases expressing opinions; 15 Referring to future plans and events; Ir a + infinitive; Future tense; Present tense with future meaning; Pensar to refer to plans and intentions; The future of probability; 16 Making requests and offers; Present tense in requests and offers; Poder and querer in requests and offers; Podría in requests; 17 Referring to the recent past; Perfect tense; Acabar de + infinitive; Latin American usage.
Series Title: Teach yourself books.

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Is this the right course for me? Essential Spanish Grammar will help you get more out of your study of Spanish. Essential Spanish Grammar is an up-to-date introduction to Spanish grammar. You don't need to know a lot about grammar before you start. Everything is explained simply and there are lots of examples to illustrate each point. Unlike more traditional grammars, Essential Spanish Grammar is structured so that you can look up language forms according to what you want to say, even if you don't know the grammatical term for them. If you already know some grammar, then you can use the 'reference grammar' section at the back of the book to look up the points you need. The course consists of 23 units illustrating the various uses to which the language can be put, for example, giving instructions or talking about the recent past. The more traditional reference grammar deals with grammatical structures, such as the imperative or the perfect tense. All grammatical terms are explained in the glossary at the back of the book. Each unit contains exercises for you to practise what you have learnt and there is a key at the back of the book for you to check your answers. The new page design in this edition means that the book is even easier to use and the main headings are in English so that you can find your way around the book quickly. This edition contains a 'taking it further' section which will direct you to further sources of real Spanish. Essential Spanish Grammar will help you to understand and manipulate Spanish grammar with confidence because: - you need no prior knowledge of grammatical terminology to use it; - the approach is accessible and supportive; - the examples are clear and in context; - exercises help you practise every point ...

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