French Essentials For Dummies by Laura K. Lawless

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Just the core concepts you need to write and speak French correctly

If you have some knowledge of French and want to polish your skills, French Essentials For Dummies focuses on just the core concepts you need to communicate effectively. From conjugating verbs to understanding tenses, this easy-to-follow guide lets you skip the suffering and score high at exam time.

French 101 — get the lowdown on the basics, from expressing dates and times to identifying parts of speech

Gender matters — see how a noun's gender determines the articles, adjectives, and pronouns you have to use

The here and now — learn how to conjugate verbs in the present tense, choose subject pronouns, and form the present participle

Way back when — get guidance on working with the past tense, including hints about when to use the compound past (passé composé) and when to use the imperfect

What lies ahead — discover the different ways to express the future

Open the book and find:

A review of numbers, dates, and times

The parts of speech

How to determine a noun's gender

How to select the correct preposition

Rules for making adjectives agree

Tips for asking and answering yes/no questions

Ways to spice up your descriptions

Ten important verb distinctions


The basics of French grammar and sentence construction

How to conjugate regular, irregular, and stem-changing verbs

To express ideas about the past, present, and future


About Laura K. Lawless

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Laura K. Lawless is the author of three language websites (French, Spanish, and English) and several successful language titles including Intermediate French For Dummies.Zoe Erotopoulos, PhD has taught French for more than 30 years. She is the author of French Verbs For Dummies.
Published May 9, 2011 by For Dummies. 192 pages
Genres: Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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