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By Ron Batchelor

This concise advent to Spanish grammar, designed for English-speaking undergraduates, assumes no previous wisdom of grammatical terminology. It explains each one element of Spanish grammar and offers more than a few enticing workouts to problem scholars. basically prepared into thirty devices, protecting diversified features of grammar, the e-book services as an important reference consultant and a finished workbook. person themes could be regarded up through a common cross-referencing approach, and concise definitions are supplied in an invaluable word list of grammatical phrases. The routines are appropriate for either school room use and self-study.

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1 Plural of nouns i In the plural, the definite article has the following forms, agreeing with the nouns they accompany: Masculine los the los hombres/chicos/libros men/boys/books Feminine las the las mujeres/chicas/mesas women/girls/tables ii The plurals of all Spanish nouns end in s. Nouns ending in an unstressed vowel or diphthong merely add an s: la casa / las casas el mexicano / los mexicanos la tribu / las tribus el agua / las aguas house/houses Mexican/Mexicans tribe/tribes water/waters Monosyllables are treated in the same way: el pie / los pies (foot/feet), la fe / las fes (faith/faiths) iii Nouns ending in a consonant insert e as a connecting vowel: el jard´ın / los jardines (yard/yards / garden/gardens), el m´artir / los m´artires, el autor / los autores, el canal / los canales iv Final z is changed to ces: el c´aliz / los c´alices la cruz / las cruces el juez / los jueces el matiz / los matices la ra´ız / las ra´ıces 32 chalice/chalices cross/crosses judge/judges shade of meaning / nuance / shades of meaning / nuances root/roots 3 Number la voz / las voces el desliz / los deslices voice/voices error/slip-up / errors/slip-ups v The nouns ending in a stressed vowel also add es: el bamb´u / los bamb´ues el esqu´ı / los esqu´ıes el rub´ı / los rub´ıes el tab´u / los tab´ues el marroqu´ı / los marroqu´ıes (frequently in speech = los marroqu´ıs) el magreb´ı / los magreb´ıes el yemen´ı / los yemen´ıes *el hind´u / los hind´ues el israel´ı / los israel´ıes bamboo/bamboos ski/skis ruby/rubies taboo/taboos Moroccan/Moroccans person(s) from the Maghreb (North Africa) Yemeni/Yemenis Hindu/Hindus Israeli/Israelis * Also, although incorrectly but very common = Indian (from India).

Ser´a que se fueron de vacaciones? j El accidente dej´o un( ) marc( ) en la pintura; ahora tendremos que cambiar su marc( ) 30 2 Definite/indefinite articles and noun gender k Yo te aseguro que, aunque no sepa de m´usica, un( ) bomb( ) no puede hacer tanto ruido como un( ) bomb( ) l Las chicas de un harem podr´ıan fabricar much( ) vel( ) con un( ) vel( ) m El lugar donde comemos todos los d´ıas, que es un( ) fond( ), tiene un pasillo tan largo que es imposible ver que hay a( ) fond( ) n Me gusta ver la cara de mi amada a trav´es de su vel( ), alumbrada s´olo con un( ) vel( ) v Rellena los blancos / Llena los espacios (M) con la palabra que convenga.

Or does the noun simply refer to the painting or sculpture? Perhaps it is the latter. On the other hand, a male film star has to be feminine: una estrella. 2 The neuter gender i The neuter form of the article, lo, is not applicable to nouns since all nouns are masculine or feminine. It is used before adjectives, participles, adjectival pronouns and occasionally adverbs. The effect of placing lo before such words is to form a phrase which often has an abstract idea: lo agradable lo mexicano lo hecho/dicho/mencionado Lo ocurrido me impact´o Hice lo posible / lo necesario Prefiero lo pr´actico a lo decorativo what is pleasant, pleasantness what is Mexican what is/was done/said/mentioned What (had) happened affected me deeply I did what I could / what was necessary I prefer what’s practical to the decorative ii The substantive or “noun” nature of the adjective or participle preceded by lo is very clear when it is followed by de and a noun.

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