The tools you need to master Spanish grammar Spanish Grammar For Dummies is a logical extension and complement to the successful language learning books, Spanish For Dummies and 500 Spanish Verb For Dummies. In plain English, it teaches you the grammatical rules of the Spanish language, including parts of speech, sentence construction, pronouns, adjectives, punctuation, stress and verb tenses, and moods. Throughout the book, you get plenty of practice opportunities to help you on your goal of mastering Spanish grammar. * Grasp the grammatical rules of Spanish * Benefit from plenty of practice opportunities throughout the book * Use the Spanish language confidently and correctly Whether you're a student studying Spanish or a professional looking to get ahead of the pack by learning a second language, Spanish Grammar For Dummies is your hands-on guide to quickly and painlessly master the written aspect of this popular language.
Cecie Kraynak, MA, is a Spanish teacher, ESL coordinator, and author/editor of numerous Spanish books, including Spanish For Dummies. She has taught and tutored Spanish at the junior high school and college levels for more than 25 years.
Introduction 1 Part I: Starting with the Basics 7 Chapter 1: Spanish Grammar in a Nutshell 9 Chapter 2: Sounding Out Spanish Words 19 Chapter 3: Naming Things with Nouns and Articles 29 Chapter 4: Describing Stuff with Adjectives 47 Chapter 5: Dealing with Numbers, Dates, and Time 67 Part II: Constructing Simple Sentences and Asking Questions 81 Chapter 6: Writing in the Present Tense 83 Chapter 7: Expressing a State of Being with Ser and Estar 107 Chapter 8: Talking about Action in Progress with the Present Progressive 121 Chapter 9: Replacing Nouns with Pronouns 133 Chapter 10: Expressing Likes and Dislikes 149 Chapter 11: Handling Questions and Exclamations 163 Part III: Beefing Up Your Sentences with More Description 179 Chapter 12: Describing Action with Adverbs 181 Chapter 13: Modifying Meaning with Prepositions 195 Chapter 14: Acting on Oneself with the Reflexive 213 Chapter 15: Using the Passive Voice 227 Chapter 16: It s All Relative: Making Comparisons 237 Chapter 17: Just Say "No": Negative Words and Expressions 249 Part IV: Talking about the Past or Future 261 Chapter 18: Looking Back with the Preterit 263 Chapter 19: Describing Ongoing Past Action with the Imperfect 281 Chapter 20: Projecting Forward with the Future Tense 295 Chapter 21: Forming Compound Tenses with the Helping Verb Haber 305 Part V: Expressing Conditions and Giving Commands 319 Chapter 22: Wondering "What If" with the Conditional Mood 321 Chapter 23: Taking Command with the Imperative Mood 329 Part VI: The Part of Tens 345 Chapter 24: Ten Common Spanish Grammar Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them) 347 Chapter 25: Ten Useful Spanish Idioms 353 Index 357