French Grammar in Context

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  • French Grammar in Context

    French Grammar in Context


    French Grammar in Contextpresents a unique and exciting approach to learning


    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-Franceand 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 Contextis aimed at intermediate and advanced students and is

    ideal for both independent and class-based study.

    Margaret Jubbis Senior Lecturer in French at the University of Aberdeen.

    Annie Rouxevillewas previously Senior Lecturer in French and Tutor at TILL,

    University of Sheffield. LANGUAGES IN CONTEXT

    The Languages in Contextseries presents students with an engaging way of learning

    grammar while also acquiring cultural and topical knowledge. Each book in the

    series uses authentic texts, drawn from a generous variety of sources, as the starting

    point for the explanation of key areas of grammar. Grammar points are then

    consolidated with a wide range of exercises to test students’ understanding.

    Aimed at intermediate to advanced students, The Languages in Context series is

    suitable for both class use and independent study.

    The following books are available in this series:

    French Grammar in Context

    Spanish Grammar in Context

    German Grammar in Context French Grammar in Context




    ANNIE ROUXEVILLE Dedicated to the memory of Geneviève Wilkinson

    Fourth edition published in 2014 by Routledge

    2 Park Square, Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon OX14 4RN

    Simultaneously published in the USA and Canada

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    © 1998, 2003, 2008 and 2014 Margaret Jubb and Annie Rouxeville

    The right of Margaret Jubb and Annie Rouxeville to be identified as authors of this work has been asserted by them in

    accordance with sections 77 and 78 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.

    All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reprinted or reproduced or utilised in any form or by any electronic,

    mechanical, or other means, now known or hereafter invented, including photocopying and recording, or in any

    information storage or retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publishers.

    Trademark notice: Product or corporate names may be trademarks or registered trademarks, and are used only for

    identification and explanation without intent to infringe.

    First published in Great Britain in 1998, Second Edition published in 2003, Third Edition published in 2008 by Hodder

    Education, part of Hachette UK, 338 Euston Road, London NW1 3BH

    British Library Cataloguing in Publication Data

    A catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library

    Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication Data

    A catalog record for this book has been requested

    ISBN: 978-0-415-70669-8 (hbk)

    ISBN: 978-0-415-70668-1 (pbk)

    ISBN: 978-1-315-87992-5 (ebk)

    Typeset in 10/14pt Minion by

    Servis Filmsetting Ltd, Stockport, Cheshire Contents

    Acknowledgements vii

    Preface to the first edition ix

    Preface to the second edition xi

    Preface to the third edition xii

    Preface to the fourth edition xiii

    1 The present tense 1

    2 The passé composé 6

    3 The imperfect 12

    4 The pluperfect 17

    5 The past historic and past anterior 20

    6 The future and future perfect 28

    7 The conditional (present and past) 36

    8 The negative 42

    9 Interrogatives 48

    10 Personal pronouns 55

    11 Relative pronouns 65

    12 Nouns 71

    13 Articles and quantifiers 80

    14 Demonstratives 88

    15 Possessives 94

    16 Adjectives 100

    17 Adverbs and adverbial phrases 108

    18 Comparatives and superlatives 116

    19 The imperative 123

    20 Pronominal verbs 128

    21 The passive 133 vi French Grammar in Context

    22 The infinitive and present participle 140

    23 Verbs with à and de 150

    24 Devoir, pouvoir, vouloir, savoir 156

    25 Impersonal verbs 163

    26 The subjunctive (present and perfect) 169

    27 The subjunctive (imperfect and pluperfect) 180

    28 Prepositions 186

    29 Conjunctions 195

    30 Word order 201

    31 Highlighting and emphasis 209

    Revision text 1 216

    Revision text 2 218

    Revision text 3 221

    Revision text 4 223

    Revision text 5 226

    Revision text 6 230

    Keys 233

    Bibliography 259

    Index 260 Acknowledgements

    This book developed from collaborative work undertaken some years ago under the auspices of

    the Association for French Language Studies Grammar Initiative. We gratefully acknowledge the

    impetus and support given to our work by AFLS. We are also grateful to Lesley Riddle of Edward

    Arnold for helping us to refocus and extend our earlier work with a view to publication, and to

    an unidentified reader selected by Edward Arnold for commenting on a first draft of the present

    work. In producing the original three AFLS Brochures Grammaire, we worked with two

    colleagues, Carol Chapman of the University of Liverpool, and the late Geneviève Wilkinson of

    the University of Hull.

    Every effort has been made to trace and acknowledge the owners of copyright. The publishers

    will be glad to make suitable arrangements with any copyright holders whom it has not been

    possible to contact.

    The authors and publisher would like to thank the following for permission to use copyright

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    This book is intended for intermediate and more advanced students of French, both those

    approaching the end of high-school or secondary education and those in their first or second

    year at university, who need to consolidate and extend their knowledge of French grammar and

    to develop their ability to use this knowledge in speech and writing. Unlike a reference grammar,

    it does not aim to be exhaustive in its coverage. Instead, it focuses on key areas of grammar,

    selected both for their perceived usefulness and for the difficulties which they often cause the

    Anglophone student.

    The starting point is always an authentic text, chosen for its intrinsic interest no less than for

    its richness as a source of examples of grammar in context. In the analysis which follows the text,

    the function and form of the relevant grammar topic are first explored as seen in the text, before

    a development section headed ‘Discover more about X’ amplifies the coverage with illustrated

    commentary on further important points, including any significant divergences of practice

    between different registers both in writing and in speech. Page references to the relevant sections

    of five standard reference grammars are provided, so that students may seek further information

    as they require. Cross-references are also made to relevant sections of other grammar units

    within the book itself. It is essential that both sections of analysis, ‘X in the text’ and ‘Discover

    more about X’, should be studied before the student attempts any of the exercises which follow.

    The exercises continue the emphasis on grammar in context by including a considerable

    proportion of text-based exercises and also some communicative activities and translation

    exercises. A key is provided to all the exercises, except for the more open-ended communicative

    ones, so that students may use the book for private study. However, there is ample scope for the

    book to be used also in class. For example, each text naturally contains examples of other

    grammar points apart from the main point which it has been chosen to illustrate. Accordingly, a

    detailed listing of the further grammatical features of each text is provided as guidance for

    teachers, so that they may exploit the material in different ways.

    The revision texts at the end of the book provide students with an opportunity to integrate the

    work which they have done in the preceding units. First, a series of analysis questions exploits the

    fact that each text contains examples of many different grammatical features. Students are

    required to demonstrate their understanding by providing their own commentary on highlighted

    features. A key with cross-references back to the analysis sections in the various units enables

    them to check their work. Finally, in order to ensure that passive knowledge and understanding

    have been translated into an ability to make active use of language, and that language observed

    has been internalized, a series of gap-filling exercises based on the texts is provided.

    In the revision section, as in the rest of the book, the emphasis is on grammar in context and

    on grammar with a functional and communicative purpose. This is reflected most importantly in

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