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Italian Grammar For Dummies

ISBN: 978-1-118-56600-8
Paperback
384 pages
July 2013
US $19.99 Add to Cart
Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started with Italian Grammar 5

Chapter 1: Italian Grammar in a Nutshell 7

Chapter 2: That’s Italian! Sounding Out Italian Words the Right Way 15

Chapter 3: Talking about Things with Nouns and Articles 25

Chapter 4: Dealing with Numbers, Dates, and Time 45

Chapter 5: Adding Dimension and Description with Adjectives 63

Part II: Forming Simple Sentences and Asking Questions 75

Chapter 6: Jumping into Action with Italian Regular Verbs 77

Chapter 7: Using Irregular Verbs in the Present Tense 97

Chapter 8: Substituting Pronouns for Nouns 117

Chapter 9: Using Refl exive Forms and Expressing Imperative Moods 133

Chapter 10: Declaring Your Likes (and Dislikes) with Piacere 149

Chapter 11: Asking and Responding to Questions 165

Part III: Beefing Up Your Sentences 179

Chapter 12: Prepositions: Little Words, Big Challenges 181

Chapter 13: Qualifying Nouns with Demonstrative, Indefinite, and Possessive Words 195

Chapter 14: Making Transitions, Forming Connections, and Commenting 211

Chapter 15: Describing Actions with Adverbs 225

Part IV: Talking about the Past, Future, and Conditional 237

Chapter 16: Been There, Done That: Talking in the Past Tense 239

Chapter 17: Reflexive Verbs in the Past 261

Chapter 18: Future Tense and Conditional Mood 271

Part V: Expressing Subjectivity and Giving Orders 295

Chapter 19: Dealing with Conditions Beyond Our Control: “If” Clauses and Passive Actions 297

Chapter 20: Getting into the Subjunctive Mood 307

Chapter 21: Second-Guessing Your Actions with the Past Conditional 321

Chapter 22: I Hope That You’ve Had Fun! The Past Subjunctive 331

Part VI: The Part of Tens 343

Chapter 23: Ten Common Italian Grammar Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them) 345

Chapter 24: Ten Italian Expressions You’ll Use Every Day 351

Index 355

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