French Grammar in Context
Routledge – 2008 – 272 pages
Series: Languages in Context
French Grammar in Context presents a unique and exciting approach to learning grammar. Authentic texts from a rich variety of sources, literary and journalistic, are used as the starting point for the illustration and explanation of key areas of French grammar. Each point is consolidated with a wide range of written and spoken exercises. Grammar is presented not as an end in itself, but as a tool essential to enjoying French, understanding native speakers and to communicating effectively with them.
Literary texts and poems are taken from works by renowned French authors such as Albert Camus, Zola, André Malraux, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Stendhal and Jacques Prévert. News sources include Libération, Le Point, Marianne and Le Monde Diplomatique, in addition to articles from regional papers such as Ouest-France and La Voix du Nord. Lifestyle articles are included from Marie Claire and Elle.
This third edition has been updated with literary extracts from Francophone writers, such as Joseph Zobel and Frantz Fanon. New journalistic extracts and text-based exercises are also included. French Grammar in Context is aimed at intermediate and advanced students and is ideal for both individual and tutor-led study.
1. The present tense
2. The passÃ© composÃ©
3. The imperfect
4. The pluperfect
5. The past historic and past anterior
6. The future and future perfect
7. The conditional (present and past)
8. The negative
10. Personal pronouns
11. Relative pronouns
13. Articles and quantifiers
17. Adverbs and adverbial phrased
18. Comparatives and superlatives
19. The imperative
20. Pronominal verbs
21. The passive
22. The infinitive and present participle
23. Verbs with Ã and de
24. Devoir, pouvoir, vouloir, savoir
25. Impersonal verbs
26. The subjunctive (present and perfect)
27. The subjunctive (imperfect and pluperfect)
30. Word order
31. Highlighting and emphasis
Margaret Jubb is Senior Lecturer in French at the University of Aberdeen.
Annie Rouxeville teaches French at The Institute for Lifelong Learning, University of Sheffield.