2nd Edition

Modern Brazilian Portuguese Grammar
A Practical Guide

ISBN 9781138646896
Published March 8, 2017 by Routledge
560 Pages

USD $66.95

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Book Description

Modern Brazilian Portuguese Grammar: A Practical Guide is an innovative reference guide to Brazilian Portuguese, combining traditional and function-based grammar in a single volume.

The Grammar is divided into two parts. Part A covers traditional grammatical categories such as agreement, nouns, verbs and adjectives. Part B is carefully organized around language functions covering all major communication situations such as establishing identity, making contact and expressing likes, dislikes and preferences.

With a strong emphasis on contemporary usage, all grammar points and functions are richly illustrated with examples. Building on the success of the first edition, this second edition also includes:

• An introduction to the history and current status of Brazilian Portuguese

• Notes for Spanish speakers pointing out the main grammatical differences between the two languages

• Additional explanation and exemplification of areas of particular difficulty for learners.

A combination of reference grammar and practical usage manual, Modern Brazilian Portuguese Grammar is the ideal source for learners of Brazilian Portuguese at all levels, from beginner to advanced.

Table of Contents

1 Pronunciation and spelling  2 Gender and gender agreement  3 Number and number agreement  4 Articles  5 Adjectives and adverbs  6 Numbers and numerical expressions  7 Personal pronouns  8 Demonstratives  9 Possessives  10 Relative pronouns  11 Interrogatives  12 Exclamations  13 Indefinite adjectives and pronouns  14 Negatives  15 Regular verb conjugations  16 Semi-irregular and irregular verbs  17 Gerunds, past participles, compound perfect tenses and the passive  18 Use of the tenses  19 The infinitive  20 The subjunctive  21 The imperative  22 Reflexive verbs  23 Ser, estar and ficar  24 Verbs used in auxiliary, modal and impersonal constructions  25 Prepositions  26 Conjunctions  27 Word order  28 Word formation  29 Making social contacts  30 Basic strategies for communication  31 Asking questions and responding  32 Negating  33 Reporting  34 Asking and giving personal information  35 Identifying people and things  36 Describing  37 Making comparisons  38 Expressing existence and availability 28139 Expressing location and distance  40 Expressing possessive relations  41 Expressing changes  42 Expressing cause, effect and purpose  43 Expressing knowledge  44 Remembering and forgetting  45 Expressing obligation and duty  46 Expressing needs  47 Expressing possibility and probability  48 Expressing certainty and uncertainty  49 Expressing supposition  50 Expressing conditions  51 Expressing contrast or opposition  52 Expressing capability and incapability  53 Seeking and giving permission  54 Asking and giving opinions  55 Expressing agreement, disagreement and indifference  56 Expressing desires and preferences  57 Expressing likes and dislikes  58 Expressing surprise  59 Expressing satisfaction and dissatisfaction  60 Expressing hope  61 Expressing sympathy  62 Apologizing and expressing forgiveness  63 Expressing fear or worry  64 Expressing gratitude  65 Giving advice and making suggestions  66 Making requests  67 Giving directions, instructions and orders  68 Making an offer or invitation and accepting or declining  69 Talking about the present  70 Talking about the future  71 Talking about the past.

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John Whitlam is a freelance writer, university lecturer and lexicographer based in Rio de Janeiro. He has authored a number of language teaching books and project-coordinated and co-authored four best-selling bilingual dictionaries of Portuguese and English.