Spanish Verbs Made Simple(r)

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University of Texas Press, 2005 M08 1 - 272 pages

It's time for a new approach to learning Spanish verbs. Unlike popular verb guides that require the rote memorization of hundreds of verb forms, this book clearly explains the rules that govern the conjugation of all classes of Spanish verbs—especially the irregular ones that give second-language learners the most trouble. These simple, easy-to-understand rules for conjugating Spanish verbs are effective learning tools for both beginning students and more advanced speakers who want to perfect their usage of Spanish verb forms.

Spanish Verbs Made Simple(r) has many helpful features that you won't find in any other verb guide:

Clear explanations of all verb tenses and forms.The simple rules that govern the conjugation of all verbs—including the 90% of irregular verbs whose irregularities are entirely predictable.A detailed discussion of how each verb form is used, with numerous examples.A full explanation of the distinction between ser and estar—the single most confusing element in the Spanish verbal system.An extended treatment of the subjunctive that will help you understand why it is used in some situations but not others.Conjugations for 35 model Spanish verbs and a comprehensive listing of 4,800 verbs that indicates which of the models each verb follows.

Going well beyond any other guide in the clarity and detail of its explanations—as well as the innovative manner in which individual verbs are linked to model conjugations—Spanish Verbs Made Simple(r) is the only guide to Spanish verbs a learner needs.

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Contents

Introduction
1
FORMS OF VERBS
11
Present Simple Past Imperfect Participles
13
Irregularities Present Tense
22
Irregularities Simple Past Tense
45
Future and Conditional Tenses
50
Subjunctive and Imperative
54
Compound Verb Forms
67
Summary and Presentation of Verb Classes
96
USES OF VERBS
107
Indicative
109
Special Topic Ser versus Estar
128
Subjunctive
138
ANNEXES
165
Models of Verb Classes and Subclasses
167
Index by Class and Subclass for 4818 Verbs
215

Orthographic Modifications
71
VosotrosUstedes and TuteoVoseo
91

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About the author (2005)

DAVID BRODSKY is a writer and consultant currently residing in Aix-en-Provence, France. He holds advanced degrees from MIT and Yale University. His extensive experience working abroad as an economist and project manager showed him how foreign languages can be learned—and taught—in far more effective and less complicated ways than the normal “rote” approach.

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