Advanced French Grammar by Monique L'Huillier

By Monique L'Huillier

This reference grammar combines the easiest of contemporary and standard methods. Its target is not just useful mastery of the language, yet familiarity with its constitution. The Grammar takes complete account of contemporary linguistic study, yet with out over the top emphasis on formalism. It offers a variety of examples in accordance with the author's personal event of educating French to English audio system. The norms of "correct expression" are given including present utilization and deviations. a considerable index of French and English phrases and of themes presents quick access to the textual content itself.

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Pronoun (with or without article): Ex: Elle est étudiante. Il est l’auteur de nombreux articles. See chapter 35 C’est/Il est, section 6. – nominal infinitive (with or without de): Ex: Consentir n’est pas approuver. L’important est de savoir. – subordinate clause: – que-clause: Ex: Le fait est qu’il a eu raison de partir. – relative clause with pronoun antecedent: Ex: Cette maison est celle qui me plaît le plus. Note that the last two examples belong to the complex sentence. e. with a qualifying value), agree with the subject.

1. e. without a preposition. e. with a preposition: Ex: le chat de la voisine ‘de la voisine’ is a prepositional phrase (syntagme prépositionnel ) and is itself included in the noun phrase that it completes: le chat de la voisine (iii) Appositions (a) Without a determiner, they have a descriptive value, giving a definition to the noun. Ex: M. Sagouin, charcutier, vend de l’excellent boudin. (b) With a determiner – the indefinite article gives extra information, a property to the noun: Ex: Eric, un ami, était venu me voir.

Ex: Le chat miaule. subject verb The order is reversed in the following cases: (i) Impersonal constructions (see below) Ex: Il est arrivé un accident. ) (ii) Reporting clauses ( propositions incises) In reporting clauses (to report direct speech), the subject comes after the verb in a simple inversion. See chapter 41 Reported Speech, section 2. Ex: Il est parti à 5 heures, a annoncé Marie. Je vais essayer, dit-il, d’arranger ça. NB: For comment clauses (propositions de jugement ou de commentaire), where the speaker intervenes in his own discourse, or with reporting clauses appearing before the reported speech, the order is subject–verb.

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