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Using Spanish


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Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. Passages illustrating register and local variety; 3. Misleading similarities between Spanish and English; 4. Similarities between Spanish words; 5. Fields of meaning - vocabulary expansion; 6. Complex verb expressions; 7. Affective suffixes; 8. Idioms, similes and proverbs; 9. Proper names; 10. Adjectives pertaining to countries and towns; 11. Abbreviations; 12. Latin expressions; 13. Anglicisms; 14. Grammatical terms; 15. Interjections; 16. Fillers; 17. Transition words; 18. Numerals; 19. Measurements; 20. Semi-technical vocabulary; 21. Gender; 22. Number; 23. Word order; 24. Prepositions; 25. Prepositional constructions with verbs, nouns and adjectives; 26. Constructions with verbs of movement; 27. Negation; 28. Use of tenses; 29. Periphrastic verb-forms; 30. Modal auxiliaries; 31. The subjunctive; 32. 'ser' and 'estar'; 33. Pronouns; 34. The reflexive; 35. Comparison; 36. Usage with names of countries.

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This 2005 book is an expanded edition of Using Spanish, a guide to the usage of this major world language.

About the Author

Christopher J. Pountain is Professor of Spanish Linguistics at Queen Mary, University of London. Ronald E. Batchelor has now retired from the University of Nottingham, where he taught French and Spanish for 40 years.

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