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French Grammar in Context

4th Edition

By Margaret Jubb, Annie Rouxeville


288 pages

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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 communicating effectively with them.

Literary texts and poems are taken from 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 magazines such as Elle.

This fourth edition has been updated to include new extracts from writers such as Christiane Rochefort , Raymond Queneau and Roch Carrier. In addition to extra exercises within the book, this new edition is supported by a companion website that offers a wealth of additional interactive exercises to practise and reinforce the material covered.

French Grammar in Context is aimed at intermediate and advanced students and is ideal for both independent and class-based study.


"This excellent book strikes a very good balance between exhaustivity and accessibility. Clear, lively, and engaging." - Christophe Gagne, Cambridge University, UK

"French Grammar in Context provides an indispensable, much needed integration of comprehensive grammar review with authentic language, a combination that both teachers and students can appreciate." - Lorie Heggie, Illinois State Universty, USA

"Drawing from authentic texts — both literary and journalistic sources, which have been updated for this fourth edition — makes the book engaging and gives the learner an opportunity to discover, or maybe rediscover, authors such as Camus, Queneau, Pre´vert, Stendhal, or Zola, among many others, through the lens of grammar…The texts and explanations are usefully supplemented by spoken and written exercises, with answers provided at the back, which will enable the student to build up knowledge and gain more confidence in handling the structures covered." - Michael Abecassis, University of Oxford, UK

"French Grammar in Context has a wealth of motivating texts and clear explanations of the main points of French grammar. It is well suited for independent practice and review, but also could be included in intermediate and advanced classes as a companion text or jumping off point if instructors supplement the book with more open-ended activities and contextual information about the authentic texts themselves." - Katie Beth Angus, University of Southern Mississippi, The LINGUIST List

Table of Contents

1. The present tense

2. The passé composé

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

9. Interrogatives

10. Personal pronouns

11. Relative pronouns

12. Nouns

13. Articles and quantifiers

14. Demonstratives

15. Possessives

16. Adjectives

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 à and de

24. Devoir, pouvoir, vouloir, savoir

25. Impersonal verbs

26. The subjunctive (present and perfect)

27. The subjunctive (imperfect and pluperfect)

28. Prepositions

29. Conjunctions

30. Word order

31. Highlighting and emphasis

Revision texts

About the Authors

Margaret Jubb is Senior Lecturer in French at the University of Aberdeen.

Annie Rouxeville previously taught French at The Institute for Lifelong Learning, University of Sheffield.

About the Series

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