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A Spanish Grammar Workbook

ISBN: 978-0-631-22848-6
376 pages
December 2002, Wiley-Blackwell
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A Spanish Grammar Workbook contains 500 grammar exercises that vary in difficulty from simple tests and puzzles to multiple choice tests and realistic dialogues as well as communication exercises which function as prompts to the oral practice of the grammar in representative contexts.

  • Includes 500 grammar exercises varying from simple tests and puzzles to multiple choice tests and realistic dialogues which contextualize Spanish grammar in everyday speech.
  • Indicates difficulty level of each exercise and includes an extensive answer key.
  • Complements and is cross-referenced with Blackwell's A Comprehensive Spanish Grammar by Jacques de Bruyne (with additional material by Christopher J. Pountain).
  • Helps language learners understand grammatical functions naturally by putting theory into practice.
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Table of Contents

Preface viii

Acknowledgements x

Pronunciation 1

1 The alphabet [1–2] 1

2 Diphthongs [9–10] 2

3 Stress [10–17] 3

4 Punctuation and capital letters [18–24] 5

5 Revision 7

The Article 11

6 The definite article [26–70] 11

7 The indefinite article [71–85] 15

The Noun 20

8 Gender: masculine and feminine [86–123] 20

9 Number: plural formation [124–50] 23

The Adjective 28

10 Agreement and placement of adjectives [151–80] 28

11 Degrees of comparison [181–98] 33

Numerals 38

12 Cardinals and ordinals [204–32] 38

13 Fractions, multiples and collectives [233–7] 43

Pronouns 45

14 Personal pronouns [238–97] 45

15 Demonstrative pronouns and adjectives [298–319] 52

16 Possessive pronouns and adjectives [320–41] 55

17 Relative pronouns [342–64] 59

18 Interrogative and exclamatory pronouns and adjectives [365–77] 61

19 Indefinite pronouns and adjectives [378–535] 63

Impersonal Expressions 68

20 Uses of impersonal expressions [536–45] 68

The Adverb 73

21 Adverbs of manner [546–69] 73

22 Adverbs of degree and quantity [570–96] 75

23 Adverbs of time [597–610] 77

24 Adverbs of place [611–20] 78

25 Adverbs of confirmation, negation and doubt [621–31] 80

26 Adverbial expressions [632–3] 81

Comparative Constructions 83

27 Uses of comparative constructions [638–57] 83

Prepositions 88

28 Uses of prepositions [658–794] 88

Constructions with Verbs and Nouns 100

29 General rule and use [795–822] 100

Conjunctions 106

30 Use of some conjunctions [823–56] 106

The Verb: Conjugation 113

Regular Verbs 113

31 Present indicative [857–60] 113

32 Imperfect and preterite indicative [861–4] 119

33 Future and conditional [865–8] 125

34 Present subjunctive [869–70] 130

35 Imperfect subjunctive [871–4] 133

36 Perfect and pluperfect of indicative [878–9] 136

37 Future perfect and conditional perfect [881–2] 139

38 Perfect and pluperfect subjunctive [883–5] 141

39 The imperative [887–97] 144

40 Irregular verbs [903–70] 148

Use of the Tenses 163

41 Present indicative [971–7] 163

42 Past tenses of the indicative [978–98] 170

43 Future and conditional tenses of the indicative [999–1013] 184

44 Sequence of tense with the subjunctive [1014–17] 189

The Passive 198

45 The passive idea [1018–23] 198

Use of the Moods 206

46 Use of the subjunctive [1024–76] 206

The Impersonal Forms of the Verb 224

47 The infinitive [1077–136] 224

48 The gerund [1137–74] 231

49 The past participle [1175–230] 238

Special Problems with Spanish Verbs 245

50 Ser and estar [1231–55] 245

51 Haber, deber and poder [1256–75] 256

Subject–Verb Concord 265

52 General rule and use [1276–89] 265

Syntax of Negative Elements 268

53 General rule and use [1291–8] 268

Word Order 274

54 General rule and use [1299–1318] 274

Affective Suffixes 279

55 Forms and meaning [1319–32] 279

Key 284

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Author Information

Esther Santamaría Iglesias is Tutor in Spanish at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. In addition to teaching language courses, she has developed innovative courses in the language of business and current affairs. She has been responsible for courses and examinations at all undergraduate levels as well as further education classes for adults and the GCSE Spanish course in a local school. She is currently developing undergraduate courses in Spanish that integrate the resources of the Internet and computer-assisted language learning.
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The Wiley Advantage


  • Includes 500 grammar exercises varying from simple tests and puzzles to multiple choice tests and realistic dialogues which contextualize Spanish grammar in everyday speech.

  • Indicates difficulty level of each exercise and includes an extensive answer key.

  • Complements and is cross-referenced with Blackwell's A Comprehensive Spanish Grammar by Jacques de Bruyne (with additional material by Christopher J. Pountain).

  • Helps language learners understand grammatical functions naturally by putting theory into practice.
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Reviews

'The main strengths of A Spanish Grammar Workbook lie in the number, creativity, and variety of exercises provided at various proficiency levels. The fresh, creative approach of many of the exercises, especially the variety of puzzles, provides engaging and enjoyable ways for learners to interact with the language while reinforcing grammatical concepts. This workbook could be used by instructors as a valuable source of ready-made exercises which could be incorporated in the classroom or, alternatively, as testing materials. While the workbook's main audience is learners of Spanish as a second language, many of the intermediate and advanced exercises would also be appropriate and challenging for heritage speakers who wish to improve their knowledge of and proficiency in various subtleties of the Spanish language. 'A Spanish Grammar Workbook' is a valuable tool for students seeking to practice and review various aspects of Spanish Grammar that can be used over the course of the learning process. It is also a useful source of exercises in a variety of formats for instructors and tutors who are looking for creative ways to make the learning process more enjoyable and engaging for learners.' The Linguist List

‘This workbook is a welcome addition for those who need to thoroughly test, review or improve their knowledge of Spanish grammar at the basic, intermediate and advanced level.’ Héctor Campos, Georgetown University

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