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Introduction
Useful grammatical terminology for verbs
A few remarks about French pronunciation
I THE PRESENT TENSE
1 The present tense of regular verbs
The conjugation of regular -er verbs
The conjugation of -er verbs with spelling changes
The conjugation of regular -ir verbs
The conjugation of regular -re verbs
Asking questions
Verbs and their objects
2 The present tense of irregular verbs
The conjugation of irregular verbs
The uses of the present tense
Special uses of aller and venir
Savoir and connaitre
Exercices de revision
Idioms with avoir, faire, etre, aller, vouloir, and prendre
Plaire (a)
3 A few impersonal verbs
Weather verbs
The impersonal use of etre
The impersonal use of avoir
Other impersonal expressions
4 Reflexive verbs
The present tense of reflexive verbs
Common French reflexive verbs and their use
Exercices de revision
Reflexive and non-reflexive use
The use of the reflexive pronoun to indicate reciprocal action
Reflexive constructions with a passive meaning
II THE PAST TENSES
5 The passe compose
The formation of the passe compose
The passe compose of verbs conjugated with avoir
The passe compose of verbs conjugated with etre
Verbs that can be conjugated with etre or avoir
The passe compose of reflexive verbs
Exercices de revision
The uses of the passe compose
6 The imperfect tense
The formation of the imperfect tense
The uses of the imperfect tense
The uses of the passe compose and imperfect tense contrasted
7 The pluperfect tense
The formation of the pluperfect tense
The uses of the pluperfect tense
8 The passe simple
The formation of the passe simple
The uses of the passe simple
III THE FUTURE TENSES, THE CONDITIONAL, AND THE SUBJUNCTIVE
9 The future tenses
The formation of the simple future
The uses of the simple future
The close future (le futur proche)
The formation of the future perfect
The uses of the future perfect
10 The conditional
The formation of the present conditional
The uses of the present conditional
The formation of the past conditional
The uses of the past conditional
Tense sequences in conditional sentences
11 The subjunctive
The present subjunctive of regular verbs
The present subjunctive of irregular verbs
The past subjunctive
The uses of the subjunctive
Exercices de revision
The use of the subjunctive in the main clause
IV THE INFINITIVE, THE IMPERATIVE, THE PRESENT PARTICIPLE AND GERUND, AND THE PASSIVE VOICE
12 The infinitive
The formation of the infinitives
The negative infinitive
The uses of the infinitive
Faire + infinitive (causative faire)
Verb + de quoi (something, enough) + infinitive
Exercices de revision
13 The imperative
Regular forms of the imperative
The negative imperative
Irregular forms of the imperative
The position of object pronouns with the imperative
The imperative of reflexive verbs
14 The present participle and the gerund
The formation of the present participle
The uses of the present participle
The gerund and its uses
15 The passive voice
The formation of the passive voice
The uses of the passive voice
Review exercises
Appendix A: Numbers, dates, time
Appendix B: Verb tables
French-English glossary
English-French glossary
Answer key

About the Author

Trudie Booth is a lecturer in French at the University of Portland.

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