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Spanish: An Essential Grammar is a concise and user-friendly reference guide to the most important aspects of Spanish. It presents a fresh and accessible. Pablo Martínez Gila. Lourdes Miquel López. Jenaro Ortega Olivares. José Plácido Ruiz Campillo. Students' Basic. Grammar of Spanish. REVISED EDITION . Practice Makes Perfect: Basic Spanish is an effective companion text to An emphasis on broad, basic concepts—not grammatical minutiae.
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The approach aims to develop knowledge and understanding of grammar and to improve the ability of learners to apply it by: Help me.
Did you see anybody? No vi a nadie. For quick reference. Come with us. The text is divided into sections. Tips and Information notes throughout the text are useful reminders of the things that often trip learners up. Each section can be studied individually. Key points sum up all the important facts about a particular area of grammar. Underlining has been used in examples throughout the text to highlight the grammatical point being explained.
This easy-to-use revision and practice guide takes you through all the basics you will need to speak and understand modern. Newcomers can sometimes struggle with the technical terms they come across when they start to explore the grammar of a new language.
Every major section begins with an explanation of the area of grammar covered on the following pages. Each grammar point in the text is followed by simple examples of real Spanish. In Spanish. What is a verb? Pasaron por delante de Correos. If you think you would like to continue with your Spanish studies to a higher level. Grammar Extra! Nadamos por debajo del puente.
These are intended for advanced students who are interested in knowing a little more about the structures they will come across beyond GCSE.
She jumped over the table. Examples show you how to use these verbs in your own work. We swam under the bridge. I left because tenses and questions.
See also because or but that links two words or definite article. AGREE to in the case of adjectives for example. I would help you if I could. It and pronouns. Could you give me what is referred to is masculine. Compare with people. Compare example. I have. Compare where. Diane and have or do used with a main verb to form I have been friends for years. I wrote a letter. Compare with ordinal number. I was bored.
Compare with direct adjective that is used to refer to a living object. Compare people or things in a general way. Sit down!. How dare you!.
Compare with indefinite article. Compare with indirect object preterite or future. For example. Compare to preterite. What a in I gave the carrot to the rabbit. He was eating past continuous. For something that will happen or will be example. We of the words this. It was sunny at the weekend. Compare with definite article. I used to used instead of a noun to point out walk to school. Shut the door!. Compare with pronoun. I gave it to him. Also object of a preposition. Compare with transitive verb.
Also Also called reported speech. What instruments do you play?. Some past participles are also used as adjectives.
He said that he was going out. See also ordinal example.
Tell me why you did it. Compare with direct object. Compare with cardinal that does not take a direct object. Compare with example.
Compare with direct object being. Which shoes do you like? I washed myself. A reflexive verb is used with with. Also called past nouns are always written with a capital perfect. He hurt himself. Compare with irregular verb.
Compare with singular. It often you singular and you plural. Proper to finish my homework. London Eye. I travel to college by train. Compare verbs which change their stem or root with negative. In English ending in -ing. I had forgotten place. Mary went to the shops on Friday. He shaved himself.
He wrote a book. STEM the main part of a verb to which endings are added. It is only rather than being formed from to have used occasionally in modern English. My with intransitive verb. Compare is being talked about. So be it. This forms the first-person conjugation. The use of one or the other is largely a matter of personal taste and dialect.
Many only use the -ra forms in speech, but vary between the two in writing. Many may spontaneously use either, or even prefer the rarer -se forms. The imperfect subjunctive is formed for basically the same reasons as the present subjunctive, but is used for other tenses and time frames. Main articles: Spanish nouns and Grammatical gender in Spanish In Spanish, as in other Romance languages, all nouns belong to one of two genders, "masculine" or "feminine", and many adjectives change their form to agree in gender with the noun they modify.
For most nouns that refer to persons, grammatical gender matches biological gender. Main article: Spanish adjectives Spanish generally uses adjectives in a similar way to English and most other Indo-European languages. However, there are three key differences between English and Spanish adjectives.
In Spanish, adjectives usually go after the noun they modify. Mi casa roja could either mean that there are many red houses in the world but I wish to talk about the one that I happen to own, or that I have many houses but am referring to the red one. Mi roja casa means that I am stressing how red my particular house is probably the only house I have. For example, taza cup is feminine, so "the red cup" is la taza roja, but vaso glass is masculine, so "the red glass" is el vaso rojo.
In Spanish, it is perfectly normal to let an adjective stand in for a noun or pronoun—with where people are involved no implication of condescension or rudeness. For example, los altos means "the tall ones" or "the tall men". El grande means "the big one" or "the big man". Main article: Spanish determiners Spanish uses determiners in a similar way to English.
Common determiners include el "the" , un "a" , este "this" , mucho "much, a lot" , alguno "some" , and so on. Main article: Spanish pronouns Spanish pronouns fall into the same broad categories as English pronouns do: personal , demonstrative , interrogative , relative , and possessive. The personal pronouns—those that vary in form according to whether they represent the first, second, or third grammatical person —include a variety of second-person forms that differ not only according to number singular or plural , but also according to formality or the social relation between speakers.
Additionally, these second-person forms vary according to geographical region. Because the form of a conjugated verb reflects the person and number of its subject, subject pronouns are usually omitted, except where they are felt to be needed for emphasis or disambiguation.
Adverbs[ edit ] Spanish adverbs work much like their English counterparts, e. To form adverbs from adjectives, the adverbial suffix -mente is generally added to the feminine singular of the adjective, whether or not it differs from the masculine singular. Thus: claro "clear", m. As in English, some adverbs are identical to their adjectival counterparts.
Thus words such as temprano "early" , lento "slow" , and hondo "deep" can also mean "early" as in English, as in "He arrived early" "slowly", and "deeply", respectively. In series of consecutive adverbs that would each end in -mente on their own, the -mente is dropped from all but the final adverb, and the others are left as if they were adjectives in the feminine singular.
Main article: Spanish prepositions Spanish has a relatively large number of prepositions , and does not use postpositions. Recently, two new prepositions have been added: "durante" and "mediante", usually placed at the end to preserve the list which is usually learnt by heart by Spanish students.
Prepositions in Spanish do not change a verb's meaning as they do in English. For example, to translate "run out of water", "run up a bill", "run down a pedestrian", and "run in a thief" into Spanish requires completely different verbs, and not simply the use of "correr" "run" plus the corresponding Spanish preposition.
This is more due to the nature of English phrasal verbs rather than an inherent function of Spanish verbs or prepositions. Conjunctions[ edit ] The Spanish conjunctions y 'and' and o 'or' alter their form in both spoken and written language to e and u respectively when followed by an identical vowel sound.
Thus, padre e hijo 'father and son' , Fernando e Isabel 'Ferdinand and Isabella' , sujeto u objeto 'subject or object' , vertical u horizontal 'vertical or horizontal'. The change does not take place before the h i of a diphthong, as in acero y hierro 'steel and iron'.
Syntax and syntactic variation[ edit ] Order of constituents[ edit ] Spanish unmarked word order for affirmative declarative sentences is subject-verb-object SVO ; however, as in other Romance languages, in practice, word order is more variable, with topicalization and focus being the primary factors in the selection of a particular order.
Cleft sentences[ edit ] A cleft sentence is one formed with the copular verb generally with a dummy pronoun like "it" as its subject , plus a word that "cleaves" the sentence, plus a subordinate clause.
They are often used to put emphasis on a part of the sentence. Here are some examples of English sentences and their cleft versions: "I did it. The translations of sentences like these can be readily analyzed as being normal sentences containing relative pronouns. Spanish is capable of expressing such concepts without a special cleft structure thanks to its flexible word order.
Whereas the English sentence uses a special structure, the Spanish one does not. The verb fue has no dummy subject, and the pronoun el que is not a cleaver but a nominalising relative pronoun meaning "the [male] one that".
Provided we respect the parings of "el que" and "las llaves", we can play with the word order of the Spanish sentence without affecting its structure — although each permutation would, to a native speaker, give a subtly different shading of emphasis.
As can be seen from the translations, if this word order is chosen, English stops using the cleft structure there is no more dummy "it" and a nominalising relative is used instead of the cleaving word whilst in Spanish no words have changed. Structures unambiguously identifiable as cleft sentences are used.
The verb ser introduces the stressed element and then there is a nominaliser. Both of these are preceded by the relevant preposition. Foreign learners are advised to avoid this.