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A New Reference Grammar of Modern Spanish

5th Edition

By John B. Butt, John Butt, Carmen Benjamin

© 2011 – Routledge

608 pages

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For many years A NEW REFERENCE GRAMMAR OF MODERN SPANISH has been trusted by students and teachers as the standard English-language reference grammar of Spanish.

Now updated to include the latest findings of the Royal Spanish Academy's official grammar book, 'La Nueva gramática de la lengua española', making A NEW REFERENCE GRAMMAR OF MODERN SPANISH FIFTH EDITION even more relevant to students and teachers of Spanish.

Key features of this fifth edition include:

  • a 'Guide to the Book', enabling you to make the most of this new edition
  • new vocabulary such as topical and technological terms, bringing you up-to-date with contemporary spoken Spanish
  • more Latin-American Spanish, ensuring world-wide coverage
  • aclearer guidance to recommended usage
    -advice on the Academy's latest spelling rules.
    Whether a student or a teacher of Spanish, you can be sure that this fifth edition of A NEW REFERENCE GRAMMAR OF MODERN SPANISH will provide you with a comprehensive, cohesive and clear guide to the forms and structures of Spanish as it is written and spoken today in Spain and Latin America.

  • Reviews

    The fifth edition reaffirms A New Reference Grammar of Modern Spanish as the most practical and comprehensive Spanish grammar book on the market. By illustrating grammar through references to English and other languages, the authors have created a unique resource, giving the English-speaking reader access to a wealth of knowledge about the Spanish language, explained in a clear, cohesive and effective way. This new edition is the first to incorporate the findings of the latest Nueva gramática de la lengua española, published by the Real Academia Española, making it compulsory reading for students at all levels, academics, translators and professionals interested in mastering the intricacies of the Spanish language. - Javier Muñoz-Basols, University of Oxford, UK

    The 5th edition of Butt and Benjamin's New Reference Grammar of Modern Spanish manages to improve an already outstanding text. It should be standard issue for all serious students of Spanish. - Ian MacKenzie, Professor of Spanish Linguistics, School of Modern Languages, Newcastle University, UK

    A New Reference is a title we consider compulsory as a reference book for our students in the final year of their BA and BComm International programmes, and also at MA level. I also use it as a reference and I have always found it very useful. This new edition will be even more useful as it includes the new spelling and accent rules and a glossary of computing vocabulary. It is definitely the only grammar book in the market for final year graduate and postgraduate students. - Begoña Sangrador-Vegas, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, National University of Ireland, Galway

    Table of Contents

    Preface to the fifth edition
    Conventions, spelling and abbreviations
    1. Gender of nouns
    2. Plural of nouns
    3. Articles
    4. Adjectives
    5. Comparison of adjectives and adverbs
    6. Demonstrative adjectives and pronouns
    7. Neuter article and neuter pronouns
    8. Possessive adjectives and pronouns
    9. Miscellaneous adjectives and pronouns
    10. Numerals
    11. Personal pronouns
    12. Le/les and lo/la/los/las
    13. Forms of Spanish verbs
    14. Use of indicative (non-continuous) verb forms
    15. Continuous forms of the verb
    16. The subjunctive
    17. The imperative
    18. The infinitive
    19. Participles
    20. The gerund
    21. Modal auxiliary verbs
    22. Personal a
    23. Negation
    24. Interrogation and exclamations
    25. Conditional sentences
    26. Pronominal verbs
    27. Verbs of becoming
    28. Passive and impersonal sentences
    29. Ser and estar
    30. Existential sentences
    31. Adverbs
    32. Expressions of time
    33. Conjunctions and discourse markers
    34. Prepositions
    35. Relative clauses and relative pronouns
    36. Nominalizers and cleft sentences
    37. Word order
    38. Diminutive, augmentative and pejorative suffixes
    39. Spelling, accent rules, punctuation and word division
    Glossary of grammatical terms
    Bibliography and sources
    Index of English words
    Index of Spanish words and grammatical points

    About the Authors

    JOHN BUTT, Emeritus Professor of Modern Hispanic Studies, King's College, London

    CARMEN BENJAMIN, a native speaker of Spanish and a former lecturer in Spanish at King's College, London

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