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.
126.96.36.199 Gender and Sex.
188.8.131.52 Other Categories.
2.4.3 The Gender of Place-names.
2.4.4 Gender Shown by Ending.
184.108.40.206 Masculine Endings.
220.127.116.11 Feminine Endings.
18.104.22.168 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.
22.214.171.124 Conjunctive Personal Pronouns.
126.96.36.199 Disjunctive Personal Pronouns.
188.8.131.52 Adverb Replacing Preposition + Pronoun.
2.14.2 Possessive Determiners and Pronouns.
184.108.40.206 Possessive Determiners.
220.127.116.11 Possessive Pronouns.
2.14.3 Demonstrative Determiners and Pronouns.
18.104.22.168 Demonstrative Determiners.
22.214.171.124 Demonstrative Pronouns.
126.96.36.199 The Neuter Demonstrative Pronouns.
188.8.131.52 The Simple Demonstrative Pronouns.
184.108.40.206 C’est and il est.
2.14.4 Relative Pronouns.
2.14.5 Interrogative Determiners and Pronouns.
220.127.116.11 Interrogative Determiners.
18.104.22.168 Interrogative Pronouns.
22.214.171.124 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.
126.96.36.199 The Endings.
188.8.131.52 The Stems.
184.108.40.206 A Note on the Subjunctive.
220.127.116.11 The Verbs avoir and être.
18.104.22.168 First Conjugation – Verbs in -er.
22.214.171.124 Second Conjugation – Verbs in -ir.
126.96.36.199 Third Conjugation – Verbs in -re.
188.8.131.52 Verbs in -oir.
184.108.40.206 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.
220.127.116.11 Coordinate Subjects.
18.104.22.168 Collective Nouns.
3.1.10 J Tenses.
22.214.171.124 The ‘Historic Present’.
126.96.36.199 The Imperfect, the Preterite, and the Perfect.
188.8.131.52 The Pluperfect and the Past Anterior.
184.108.40.206 The ‘Double-Compound’ Tenses.
220.127.116.11 Tenses with depuis (que), il y a (voici, voilà)…que.
18.104.22.168 The Future, aller faire, etc.
22.214.171.124 The Conditional.
126.96.36.199 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.
188.8.131.52 Compound Tenses with avoir.
184.108.40.206 Compound Tenses with être.
220.127.116.11 Verbs Compounded with avoir or être.
18.104.22.168 The Absolute use of the Past Participle.
22.214.171.124 The Agreement of the Past Participle.
3.1.14 N The Moods.
3.1.15 O The Subjunctive.
126.96.36.199 Fixed Expressions.
188.8.131.52 Constructions Allowing a Minimum of Variation.
184.108.40.206 Constructions Allowing a Greater Degree of Variation.
220.127.116.11 The Subjunctive Introduced by que (Introduction).
18.104.22.168 The Subjunctive in Independent Clauses.
22.214.171.124 The Subjunctive in Dependent que-clauses.
126.96.36.199 The Subjunctive after Conjunctions Formed on the Basis of que.
188.8.131.52 The Subjunctive in Relative Clauses.
184.108.40.206 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.
220.127.116.11 A Negation.
18.104.22.168.2 Ne and Another Element.
22.214.171.124.3 Negation without ne.
126.96.36.199.4 Ne Alone.
188.8.131.52.5 De, du, etc., un(e) and the Direct Object of Negative Verbs.
184.108.40.206 B The Negative Conjunction ni ‘Neither, Nor’.
220.127.116.11 C Negation of an Element Other Than a Verb.
4.2 Interrogative Sentences (Questions).
18.104.22.168 A Direct Questions – Total Interrogation.
22.214.171.124 B Direct Questions – Partial Interrogation.
126.96.36.199 C Indirect Questions.
5. Adverbs, Prepositions and Conjunctions.
188.8.131.52 A Adverbs of Manner.
184.108.40.206 B Adverbs of Time.
220.127.116.11 C Adverbs of Place.
18.104.22.168 D Adverbs of Quantity.
22.214.171.124 E Adverbs of Affirmation or Doubt.
126.96.36.199 F Adverbs of Negation.
188.8.131.52 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)