A Comprehensive French Grammar, 6th Edition
December 2007, ©2008, Wiley-Blackwell
- A revised edition of this established, bestselling French grammar
- Includes a new section on register and medium and offers expanded treatment of French punctuation
- Features numerous examples and sample sentences, and useful appendices covering topics including age, time, and dimension, all available in an easily-navigable format
- Written by renowned French scholar, Glanville Price
Technical Terms and Abbreviations.
1.2 Phonetic Transcription.
1.3 The Two Varieties of ‘H’ in French.
1.6 Division into Syllables.
1.8 Accents and the Cedilla.
1.11 Register and Medium.
2. The Noun Phrase.
2.3.2 Definite Article.
2.3.3 Indefinite Article.
2.3.4 Partitive Article.
2.4.2 Gender According to Meaning.
188.8.131.52 Gender and Sex.
184.108.40.206 Other Categories.
2.4.3 The Gender of Place-names.
2.4.4 Gender Shown by Ending.
220.127.116.11 Masculine Endings.
18.104.22.168 Feminine Endings.
22.214.171.124 Problematic Endings.
2.4.5 The Gender of Compound Nouns.
2.4.6 Words that are Identical in Form but Different in Gender.
2.4.7 Some Anomalies of Gender.
2.4.8 Gender of Other Parts of Speech Used as Nouns.
2.5 The Feminine of Nouns and Adjectives.
2.5.2 Spoken French.
2.5.3 Written French.
2.6 The Plural of Nouns.
2.6.1 Spoken French.
2.6.2 Written French.
2.6.3 Compound Nouns.
2.7 The Plural of Adjectives.
2.8 Agreement of Adjectives.
2.9 The Position of Adjectives.
2.10 The Comparison of Adjectives and Adverbs.
2.11 Adjectives Used as Nouns.
2.14 Pronouns and Pronominal Determiners.
2.14.1 Personal Pronouns.
126.96.36.199 Conjunctive Personal Pronouns.
188.8.131.52 Disjunctive Personal Pronouns.
184.108.40.206 Adverb Replacing Preposition + Pronoun.
2.14.2 Possessive Determiners and Pronouns.
220.127.116.11 Possessive Determiners.
18.104.22.168 Possessive Pronouns.
2.14.3 Demonstrative Determiners and Pronouns.
22.214.171.124 Demonstrative Determiners.
126.96.36.199 Demonstrative Pronouns.
188.8.131.52 The Neuter Demonstrative Pronouns.
184.108.40.206 The Simple Demonstrative Pronouns.
220.127.116.11 C’est and il est.
2.14.4 Relative Pronouns.
2.14.5 Interrogative Determiners and Pronouns.
18.104.22.168 Interrogative Determiners.
22.214.171.124 Interrogative Pronouns.
126.96.36.199 Indefinite Adjectives, Adverbs, Determiners and Pronouns.
3.1.1 A The Conjugations.
3.1.2 B Names of Moods and Tenses.
3.1.3 C The Persons of the Verb.
3.1.4 D Defective Verbs.
3.1.5 E The Morphology (Forms) of the Verb.
188.8.131.52 The Endings.
184.108.40.206 The Stems.
220.127.116.11 A Note on the Subjunctive.
18.104.22.168 The Verbs avoir and être.
22.214.171.124 First Conjugation – Verbs in -er.
126.96.36.199 Second Conjugation – Verbs in -ir.
188.8.131.52 Third Conjugation – Verbs in -re.
184.108.40.206 Verbs in -oir.
220.127.116.11 Irregular Verbs.
3.1.6 F Reflexive Verbs.
3.1.7 G The Passive.
3.1.8 H Negative and Interrogative Conjugations.
3.1.9 I Person and Number.
18.104.22.168 Coordinate Subjects.
22.214.171.124 Collective Nouns.
3.1.10 J Tenses.
126.96.36.199 The ‘Historic Present’.
188.8.131.52 The Imperfect, the Preterite, and the Perfect.
184.108.40.206 The Pluperfect and the Past Anterior.
220.127.116.11 The ‘Double-Compound’ Tenses.
18.104.22.168 Tenses with depuis (que), il y a (voici, voilà)…que.
22.214.171.124 The Future, aller faire, etc.
126.96.36.199 The Conditional.
188.8.131.52 Tenses in Conditional Sentences with si ‘if’.
3.1.11 K The Infinitive.
3.1.12 L The Present Participle.
3.1.13 M The Past Participle.
184.108.40.206 Compound Tenses with avoir.
220.127.116.11 Compound Tenses with être.
18.104.22.168 Verbs Compounded with avoir or être.
22.214.171.124 The Absolute use of the Past Participle.
126.96.36.199 The Agreement of the Past Participle.
3.1.14 N The Moods.
3.1.15 O The Subjunctive.
188.8.131.52 Fixed Expressions.
184.108.40.206 Constructions Allowing a Minimum of Variation.
220.127.116.11 Constructions Allowing a Greater Degree of Variation.
18.104.22.168 The Subjunctive Introduced by que (Introduction).
22.214.171.124 The Subjunctive in Independent Clauses.
126.96.36.199 The Subjunctive in Dependent que-clauses.
188.8.131.52 The Subjunctive after Conjunctions Formed on the Basis of que.
184.108.40.206 The Subjunctive in Relative Clauses.
220.127.116.11 The Tenses of the Subjunctive.
3.1.16 P ‘May, Might, Must, Ought, Should, Would’.
3.1.17 Q The Imperative.
3.1.18 R The Complement of Verbs.
3.1.19 S Idioms with avoir, être, faire.
4. The Structure of the Sentence.
18.104.22.168 A Negation.
22.214.171.124.2 Ne and Another Element.
126.96.36.199.3 Negation without ne.
188.8.131.52.4 Ne Alone.
184.108.40.206.5 De, du, etc., un(e) and the Direct Object of Negative Verbs.
220.127.116.11 B The Negative Conjunction ni ‘Neither, Nor’.
18.104.22.168 C Negation of an Element Other Than a Verb.
4.2 Interrogative Sentences (Questions).
22.214.171.124 A Direct Questions – Total Interrogation.
126.96.36.199 B Direct Questions – Partial Interrogation.
188.8.131.52 C Indirect Questions.
5. Adverbs, Prepositions and Conjunctions.
184.108.40.206 A Adverbs of Manner.
220.127.116.11 B Adverbs of Time.
18.104.22.168 C Adverbs of Place.
22.214.171.124 D Adverbs of Quantity.
126.96.36.199 E Adverbs of Affirmation or Doubt.
188.8.131.52 F Adverbs of Negation.
184.108.40.206 G Interrogative Adverbs.
5.1.2 The Comparison of Adverbs.
5.1.3 The Position of Adverbs.
5.2.2 Simple Prepositions.
5.2.3 Complex Prepositions.
5.2.4 Government of Verbs by Prepositions.
5.2.5 Repetition of Prepositions.
5.2.6 The Meaning and Use of Individual Prepositions.
5.2.7 Prepositions Used with Adjectives or Past Participles.
5.3.2 Compound Conjunctions Not Requiring the Subjunctive.
5.3.4 Compound Conjunctions Requiring the Subjunctive.
5.3.5 Que as a Subordinating Conjunction.
- A revised edition of this established, bestselling French
- Provides students of French language and literature with an
essential tool for developing their French language skills
- Includes a new section on register and medium and offers
expanded treatment of French punctuation
- Features numerous examples and sample sentences, and useful
appendices covering topics including age, time, and dimension, all
available in an easily-navigable format
- Written by renowned French scholar, Glanville Price.
"Accessibly organized and filled with contextual examples, it is both an exceptional quick reference for the seasoned Francophone and outstanding primer for the novice speaker." (Library Journal)
Praise for earlier editions:
"This beautifully written scholarly text abounds with idiosyncratic asides and lessons within lessons." (French Review)
“As a pedagogic grammar, it is remarkably reliable and complete, with two key elements: a good index and excellent cross-referencing. He pitches the explanations at a level which is useful from first to final year undergraduate linguists.” (Journal of French Language Studies)
“Remarkably comprehensive … an essential grammar but good for a browse too. Conventional grammar and very much more is covered in meticulous detail.” (Times Education Supplement)
“Glanville Price has admirably carried out the task he set himself. The most striking revision is the reorganization of material which brings together information previously scattered in two, three or even more places. This is a vast improvement.” (French Studies)