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Easy Spanish Step-By-Step : Master High-frequency Grammar for Spanish Proficiency - Fast! - Bregstein Barbara

Easy Spanish Step-By-Step

Master High-frequency Grammar for Spanish Proficiency - Fast!

Paperback Published: 30th November 2005
ISBN: 9780071463386
Number Of Pages: 320

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Easy Spanish Step by Step proves that a solid grounding in grammar basics is the key to mastering a second language. Grammatical rules and concepts are clearly explained in order of importance, and more than 300 verbs and key terms are introduced on the basis of frequency. Numerous exercises and engaging readings help learners quickly build their Spanish speaking and comprehension prowess.

About the Author

Barbara Bregstein is a translator and Spanish instructor with more than thirty years' experience teaching at colleges in and around New York City.

Prefacep. ix
Guide to Pronunciationp. xi
The Alphabetp. xvi
Greetings and Salutationsp. xvi
Elements of a Sentence
Nouns, Articles, and Adjectivesp. 3
The Gender of Nouns and the Definite Articlep. 3
Singular Nounsp. 3
Plural Nounsp. 6
The Indefinite Articlep. 7
Singular Indefinite Articlesp. 7
Plural Indefinite Articlesp. 8
Adjectivesp. 9
Singular Form of Adjectivesp. 9
Plural Form of Adjectivesp. 12
Estar, Ser, and Subject Pronounsp. 14
Subject Pronounsp. 14
Estar (to be)p. 15
Ser (to be)p. 18
Reading Comprehension La casap. 25
Hay, Interrogative Words, Days, and Monthsp. 27
Hayp. 27
Interrogative Wordsp. 29
Prepositionsp. 31
Days of the Week, Months, and Seasonsp. 32
Reading Comprehension Un pueblo colonialp. 33
Reading Comprehension El cinep. 39
Numbers, Dates, and Timep. 40
Cardinal Numbersp. 40
Ordinal Numbersp. 44
The Datep. 46
Telling Timep. 47
Reading Comprehension El restaurantep. 51
Reading Comprehension El oficio de la casap. 54
Regular Verbsp. 56
Uses of the Present Tensep. 56
-Ar Verbsp. 57
-Er Verbsp. 62
-Ir Verbsp. 64
-Ar and -er Verbs with More than One Meaningp. 66
Reading Comprehension Una escuela en Mexicop. 68
Irregular Verbsp. 70
-Ar Verbsp. 70
-Er Verbsp. 72
-Ir Verbsp. 75
Reading Comprehension El trenp. 79
Ir and the Futurep. 82
Ir (to go)p. 82
The Future with the Verb irp. 83
Idiomsp. 85
Idioms with the Verb tenerp. 85
Other Idiomsp. 87
Useful Words: que and parap. 89
The Relative Pronoun quep. 89
The Conjunction quep. 89
The Preposition parap. 90
Key Vocabularyp. 91
Las partes del cuerpo (Parts of the Body)p. 91
La familiap. 92
Time Expressions with hacerp. 93
Reading Comprehension La citap. 99
Adjectives and Adverbsp. 102
Possessive Adjectivesp. 102
Demonstrative Adjectivesp. 104
Neuter Demonstrative Pronounsp. 105
Adjectives of Nationalityp. 105
Adjectives That Precede a Nounp. 108
Comparative Adjectivesp. 113
Superlative Adjectivesp. 114
Irregular Comparatives and Superlativesp. 114
Comparing Nounsp. 115
Comparing Verbsp. 115
Adverbsp. 117
Adverbs That Do Not Take the Suffix -mentep. 119
Reading Comprehension La fiestap. 123
Negatives and Prepositionsp. 125
Negativesp. 125
Prepositionsp. 131
Prepositions Followed by Verbs or Nounsp. 132
Prepositions Followed by Nouns or Pronounsp. 132
Pronouns That Follow Prepositionsp. 133
The Preposition porp. 134
Por and para Comparedp. 136
Reading Comprehension El circop. 140
Key Vocabularyp. 141
Naturep. 141
Weatherp. 142
Reading Comprehension El trabajop. 149
Objects, Reflexive Verbs, and the Present Subjunctive
The Indirect Objectp. 153
Gustar and the Indirect Objectp. 153
Me gusta and me gustanp. 153
Te gusta and te gustanp. 155
Le gusta and le gustanp. 156
Nos gusta and nos gustanp. 157
Les gusta and les gustanp. 157
Verbs Like gustarp. 159
The Indirect Object Pronounp. 163
Position of the Indirect Object Pronounp. 165
Reading Comprehension Ir de comprasp. 174
Reading Comprehension El viajep. 175
The Direct Objectp. 177
The Personal a and the Direct Objectp. 177
Transitive Verbsp. 178
The Direct Object Pronounp. 182
Position of the Direct Object Pronounp. 183
The Direct Object Pronoun as a Personp. 184
The Direct Object Pronoun as a Thingp. 186
Reading Comprehension La bienvenidap. 191
Reflexive Verbsp. 193
The Reflexive Pronounsp. 193
Some Frequently Used Reflexive Verbsp. 194
Reflexive Verbs Whose English Translations Do Not Necessarily Include Oneselfp. 195
Position of the Reflexive Pronounp. 195
Reflexive Verbs with Parts of the Body and Clothingp. 197
Reflexive Verbs That Express Emotionp. 197
Reflexive Verbs That Express Movementp. 198
Reflexive Verbs That Express "To Become"p. 199
Most Frequently Used Reflexive Verbsp. 199
Reflexive Verbs with Reciprocal Meaningsp. 202
Se and Impersonal Expressionsp. 203
Reading Comprehension El encuentrop. 204
The Present Subjunctivep. 206
Formation of the Present Subjunctivep. 206
-Ar Verbsp. 207
-Er and -ir Verbsp. 208
Irregular Verbsp. 210
Verbs with Orthographic Changesp. 210
Uses of the Present Subjunctivep. 212
After Certain Impersonal Expressionsp. 212
After Certain Verbsp. 214
After Certain Conjunctionsp. 220
After cuandop. 221
In Certain Dependent Adjective Clausesp. 223
After the Expressions por mas que and por mucho quep. 223
After ojalap. 223
After acaso, quizas, and tal vezp. 224
After aunquep. 224
After Compounds of -quierap. 224
After comop. 224
Reading Comprehension La despedidap. 231
Preterit Tense, Imperfect Tense, and Double Object Pronouns
The Preterit Tensep. 235
Formation of the Preteritp. 235
Regular -ar Verbsp. 235
Regular -er and -ir Verbsp. 236
Uses of the Preteritp. 238
To Express an Action Completed in the Pastp. 238
To Express a Series of Completed Actions in the Pastp. 239
To Express a Condition That Is No Longer in Effectp. 239
Irregular Verbsp. 240
-Ir Verbs with Stem Changes in the Third Personp. 246
Verbs with Orthographic Changesp. 248
-Ar Verbsp. 248
-Er and -ir Verbsp. 251
Verbs with Special Meanings in the Preteritp. 253
Reading Comprehension En la corte (primera escena)p. 255
The Imperfect Tensep. 257
Formation of the Imperfectp. 257
Regular -ar Verbsp. 257
Regular -er and -ir Verbsp. 258
Irregular Verbsp. 259
Uses of the Imperfectp. 260
To "Set the Stage" in the Past; to Express a Narration, Situation, or Backgroundp. 260
To Express Habitual, Customary, or Repeated Actions in the Pastp. 260
To Express Continuous Actions in the Pastp. 261
To Express a Description in the Pastp. 261
To Express Point of Origin in the Pastp. 261
To Express Time in the Pastp. 262
To Express One's Age in the Pastp. 262
Preterit and Imperfect Comparedp. 265
Querer, poder, saberp. 266
Double Object Pronounsp. 270
Indirect Object Pronoun with Direct Object Pronounp. 270
Reflexive Pronoun with Direct Object Pronounp. 278
Se Plus the Indirect Object Pronoun and Unplanned Occurrencesp. 279
Reading Comprehension El juicio (segunda escena)p. 282
Answer Keyp. 284
Indexp. 300
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ISBN: 9780071463386
ISBN-10: 0071463380
Series: NTC Foreign Language
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 30th November 2005
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 18.8  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.47
Edition Number: 1

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