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Manual de gramática: Grammar Reference for Students of Spanish, 4th Edition

  • Zulma Iguina Cornell University
  • Eleanor Dozier Cornell University
  • ISBN-10: 1413032192  |  ISBN-13: 9781413032192
  • 592 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2003, 1999, 1995
  • © 2008 | Published
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Thanks to its flexibility, simplicity, and range, MANUAL DE GRAMÁTICA is the most accessible grammar reference for intermediate and advanced students of Spanish. It combines clear, easy-to-use charts with detailed grammar presentations in English and offers valuable conceptual distinctions between Spanish and English. Beginning with sentence structure, the text follows a logical progression of topics from parts of speech to verb tenses to the finer points of lexical variation. The text facilitates independent study. Students have the opportunity to self-correct in practice as supporting exercises are followed by answer keys. The text covers all major grammatical rules of Spanish and offers real-world applications of all grammar points, making it an invaluable reference tool for intermediate and advanced literature and language courses. The Fourth Edition includes updated examples of grammar in use. These examples, which help to clarify the traditionally most challenging grammar points, reflect contemporary language usage. New ancillary components are introduced-Heinle iRadio and iLrn™: Heinle Learning Center-which offer varied approaches for teaching and learning with MANUAL DE GRAMÁTICA and broaden the appeal of the text by making it available in both print and electronic form.

Table of Contents

Sentence components. Verb Structure. Sentence structure: Independent clauses. Main or principal clauses. Dependent or subordinate clauses. Verb-Subject agreement. Accents. Syllabification: Consonants. Vowels. Stress: Categorization of words by stress. Rules for written accents. Special cases. Adverbs ending in �mente. Monosyllables. Non-monosyllabic homonyms. Aún vs aun. Sólo vs solo. Demonstrative pronouns. Exclamative and Interrogative Adjectives, Pronouns, or Adverbs.
Nouns and their equivalents. Introduction: Definition. Noun equivalents. Noun companions. Nouns: gender and number. Personal A. Noun Determiners. Articles: Definite articles. Subjects. Titles. Languages. Possessives vs. articles: Indefinite articles. Adjectives: Demonstrative adjectives. Possessive adjectives. Forms of descriptive adjectives. Common adjective endings. Adjectives with short and long forms: Position of descriptive adjectives. Comparisons. Comparisons of inequality. With adverbs, Adjectives, and Nouns. With numerical expressions, use de instead of que. With a verb or clause as second part of comparison. Comparisons of equality. Tanto(-a, -os, -as)...como. Tanto como. Tan...como. Superlatives.
Personal pronouns. Definitions: Intransitive verbs. Transitive verbs. With subject and direct object. With subject, direct object, and indirect object. With subject and indirect object only. Subject pronouns. Direct object pronouns: Format and usage. Stressed and unstressed object pronouns (direct and indirect object). Lo: The neuter invariable pronoun. Indirect object pronouns. Required repetitive object pronouns: Direct object pronouns. Indirect object pronouns. Order of object pronouns when combined. Position of object pronouns. Prepositional object pronouns. Se. Introduction. Reflexive pronouns: Reflexives. Reciprocals. Se me Construction: Accidental or Irresponsible Se. Impersonal Se: Introduction. Agent Present No agent: Impersonal No agent: Not impersonal: Impersonal se with inanimate objects. Impersonal se with persons. Impersonal se with both human and inanimate objects. Impersonal reflexive construction--Uno. Demonstrative and Possesive Pronouns: Demonstrative pronouns. Possessive pronouns. Interrogatives: ¿Qué?, ¿Cuál?, ¿Qué? vs. ¿Cuál? with ser, "How", "How"+ Verb=¿Cómo?, "How"+ Adjective or Adverb. Word order. Exclamatives: ¡Qué!+ Noun. ¡Qué!+ Modified noun. ¡Qué!+ Adjective. ¡Qué!+ Adverb. ¡Cómo!+Verb. ¡Cuánto!+Verb. ¡Cuánto(a)!+Noun. ¡Cuántos(as)!+Noun. ¡Quién!+Verb. Indefinites and Negatives. Relative Pronouns. Formation and usage. Relative Pronouns without a preposition. Relative Pronouns with a preposition: El cual / el que. Exceptional Prepositions. Additional Uses: Lo que / lo cual. El que. Lo que. Cuyo. Donde. "Who". Interrogative pronoun: ¿Quién?. Relative Pronoun: Que. El cual / el que. "What".
Prepositions: Function of Prepositions. Verbs used without Prepositions. Individual Prepositions. A: Usage. Personal A. Expression with A. Verbs with A. Con: Usage. Expressions with Con.Verbs with Con. De: Usage. Expressions with De. Verbs with De. En: Usage. Expressions with En. Verbs with En. Para: Usage. Expressions with Para. Verbs with Para. Por: Usage. Expressions with Por. Verbs with Por. List of expressions with prepositions (English-Spanish). Review of expressions with prepositions. Adverbs: Definition. Adverbs ending in �mente. Word Order. Multiple function words. Adverbs of time: Aun, aún. Nunca, jamás. Tarde, temprano. Ya, ya no, todavía, todavía no. Examples of Adverbs of time. Adverbs of manner: Así. Bien. Adverbs of quantity: Demasiado, mucho, muy. Examples of Adverbs of quantity. Adverbs of Confirmation, Doubt, or Negation: Acaso / quizá / tal vez. Bueno. No. Sí. También / tampoco. Ya. Adverbial Phrases. Adverbs of place: Acá / allá; aquí / allí. Arriba; encima; abajo; debajo; bajo. Related Adverbs and Prepositions. Conjunctions: Usage. Conjunctions of coordination. Conjunctions of subordination. Transitions.
Indicative Mood. Present indicative: Regular verbs. Stem-changing verbs. Spelling-changing verbs. Classified irregular verbs. Other irregular verbs. Past tenses of the indicative: Imperfect indicative. Preterite. Present perfect indicative. Pluperfect indicative. Future: Simple future. Future Perfect. Conditional Mood: Present conditional. Conditional perfect. Subjunctive Mood. Present subjunctive: Regular verbs. Stem-changing verbs. Irregular verbs. Imperfect subjunctive. Present perfect subjunctive. Pluperfect subjunctive. Imperative Mood. Direct commands: Tú. Usted / Ustedes. Vosotros. Nosotros. Indirect commands. Infinitive: Present infinitive. Perfect infinitive. Participle: Present participle or gerund. Past participle.
Present Indicative. Past Indicative Tenses: Preterite vs. Imperfect vs. Pluperfect. Introduction. Action vs. State: Definitions. Verbs of action: Preterite is the rule, Imperfect is the exception. Special note on "Would". Action vs. State Review Elimination Checklist. Verbs of state: Imperfect is the rule, Preterite is the exception. Beginning-Middle-End: Preterite: Beginning and/or end. Imperfect: Middle. Diachronic vs. Synchronic. Pluperfect. Compound Tenses: Introduction. Perfect tenses: Present perfect indicative. Future perfect. Past perfect (pluperfect) indicative. Conditional perfect. Present perfect subjunctive. Pluperfect subjunctive. Simple progressive tenses: Introduction. Present progressive. Future progressive. Past progressive. Conditional present progressive. Subjunctive present progressive. Subjunctive imperfect progressive. Perfect progressive tenses: Introduction. Indicative present perfect progressive. Indicative future prefect progressive. Indicative pluperfect progressive. Conditional pluperfect progressive. Subjunctive present perfect progressive. Subjunctive pluperfect progressive. Modal Auxiliaries: Ways of Expressing the Future. Conditional. Introduction. Courtesy with conditional of modal auxiliaries. Hypothetical situations with or without condition expressed with Si. Future of the past. Probability in the past: Probability. Subjunctive. Introduction. Nominal clause: Definition and usage. Subjunctive after expressions of emotion. Subjunctive after expressions of volition and influence. Subjunctive after expressions of doubt and negation of reality. Subjunctive after impersonal expressions with Ser. Adjectival clauses: Definition. Usage. Adverbial clauses: Definition. Usage. Sequence of tenses: Introduction. Chronological relativity. Aspect relativity. Tense relativity. Main clause in the present set. Main clause in the past set. If (Si) clauses: Sequence of tenses. Como si (As if). Ojalá. Expressions of Leave-taking. Infinitives and Present Participles. Infinitives: Present infinitive. Perfect infinitive. Present participles. Verbs like Gustar: Introduction. Verb-tense changes. No verb-tense changes. Person changes. Time changes. Other changes: Connectives. This, that, and the other. Verbs of communication. A note on the word order with indirect interrogatives.
Overview. Ser vs Estar: With equal elements: Ser. With adjectives. Predicate adjectives: Aburrido. Bueno. Callado. Ciego. Cómodo. Frío. Listo. Maduro. Rico. Verde. Vivo. Expressions with "To be". Impersonal expressions. With prepositions and adverbs: De. Time and place.With past and present participles: With present participles. With past participles: passive voice and resultant condition. Formation of the passive voice. A note on the passive voice. Estar vs Haber. Expressions with Estar and Haber: Expressions with estar. Expressions with haber. Time Expressions. Introduction: Counting forward. Counting backward. Duration: Counting back from the present. Counting back from a moment in the past. Ago.
Introduction. Terms and Expressions: Acabar. Apply. Ask. At. Attend. Because. Become or Get. But. Come and Go. Despedir. Exit and Success. Go and Leave. Guide. Know. Learn. Meet. Order. Pensar. People vs. Machines. Play. Put. Realize. Serve. Spend. Take. Time. What. False Cognates.
Answer Key.
Verb Tables.

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"This text consistently provides clear, thorough explanations of the most important grammatical structures of the Spanish language, along with the most plentiful assortment of exercises available. That is why I am adopting the text this coming semester."

— Patrick Duffey, Austin College

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— Patrick Duffey, Austin College


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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Zulma Iguina

Zulma Iguina is a former senior lecturer in Spanish at Cornell University. Her academic background is in linguistics and literature, and she taught Spanish language at Cornell for more than 30 years. She worked intensively with novice teacher development while serving as coordinator for the elementary level, Spanish 121-122 for over a decade. She is the recipient of a Clark Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Eleanor Dozier

Eleanor Dozier is a former senior lecturer in Spanish at Cornell University. Her undergraduate and first graduate work were conducted at the University of Arizona, where she studied French and Spanish literature. She continued her doctoral studies at Cornell University and remains All But Dissertation in French literature. She taught French language for 12 years, and taught the Spanish language for 30 years. She served as the faculty fellow for the Language House in Spanish for several years, and for the academic year 1998-1999 co-directed the Cornell-Michigan-Penn Program in Seville. Dozier also has served as associate chair for Language Instruction for the Department of Romance Studies since the fall of 2000.