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By John Butt, Carmen Benjamin (auth.)

(abridged and revised) This reference grammar bargains intermediate and complex scholars a cause­ ably complete advisor to the morphology and syntax of expert speech and simple prose in Spain and Latin the USA on the finish of the 20th century. Spanish is the most, frequently the only respectable language of twenty-one countries,} and it truly is set reasonable to overhaul English via the 12 months 2000 in numbers 2 of local audio system. This massive geographical and political range guarantees that Spanish is an efficient deal much less unified than French, German or maybe English, the latter roughly across the world standardized in response to both American or British norms. till the Sixties, the factors of the world over right Spanish have been dictated by way of the true Academia Espanola, however the status of this establishment has now sunk so low that its such a lot solemn decrees are not often taken heavily - witness the destiny of the spelling reforms indexed within the Nuevas normas de prosodia y ortograjia, that have been speculated to come into strength in all Spanish-speaking international locations in 1959 and, approximately 40 years later, are nonetheless selectively overlooked via publishers and literate individuals in all places. in actual fact that during Spanish 'correctness' is these days made up our minds, because it is in all residing languages, through the consensus of local audio system; yet consensus approximately linguistic utilization is clearly tricky to accomplish among greater than twenty self sustaining, commonly scattered and occasionally collectively adverse international locations. Peninsular Spanish is itself in flux.

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2. 3. 4. g. 4. 3. 2. 1 Masculine and feminine definite articles Masculine Feminine Singular el la Plural los las La is always written in full in modern Spanish. Compare Spanish la artista 'woman artist' with Italian l'artista. The -a is not elided in pronunciation before words beginning with a vowel other than a: la emisora 'radio station' is pronounced [laemis6ra], not [lemis6ra]. 2 Use of el and un before certain feminine nouns EI and un are always used immediately before singular feminine nouns beginning with stressed a- or ha-, despite the fact that all the adjectives and pronouns that modify these nouns must be in the feminine form.

Donoso, Chile) los G6ngoras del siglo dieciocho This village is full of Morenos, Blancos and Perezes not all the Juan Perezes in the world the Gongoras of the eighteenth century Notes los Ford 'Ford cars', los Chevrolet, los Simca. (ii) Royal houses are considered to be successive individuals: los Borbones 'the Bourbons', los Habsburgos. 7 Compound nouns (a) Those (the most common) consisting of a verb plus a plural noun do not change in the plural: elllos abrelatas el eleva lunas el/los lanzamisiles el/los limpiabotas el/los portaaviones tin-opener automatic window opener (in a car) missile-launcher shoe-shine aircraft carrier (b) There is a growing class of compounds consisting of two juxtaposed nouns.

27 Definite article in phrases denoting place The following require the definite article in Spanish: alenlde fa cama alenlde la iglesia allen elldel cielo/infierno allen elldel hospital en La carcellen el colegiolen el trabajo en el escenario en la televisi6n en el espacio en el mar debajo de la tierra (but bajo tierra) tolin/from bed tolin/from church tolin/from HeavenlHell tolin/from hospital in prison/at school/at work on stage on television in space at sea, on/in the sea underground The indefinite article 43 en todas partes (cf.

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