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By John Butt, Carmen Benjamin (auth.)

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ISBN-13: 9781461583684

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(abridged and revised) This reference grammar deals intermediate and complicated scholars a cause­ ably complete consultant to the morphology and syntax of proficient speech and simple prose in Spain and Latin the United States on the finish of the 20th century. Spanish is the most, frequently the only real professional language of twenty-one countries,} and it truly is set reasonable to overhaul English by way of the yr 2000 in numbers 2 of local audio system. This immense geographical and political variety guarantees that Spanish is an efficient deal much less unified than French, German or perhaps English, the latter kind of across the world standardized in line with both American or British norms. till the Sixties, the standards of across the world right Spanish have been dictated through the genuine Academia Espanola, however the status of this establishment has now sunk so low that its such a lot solemn decrees are rarely taken heavily - witness the destiny of the spelling reforms indexed within the Nuevas normas de prosodia y ortograjia, which have been alleged to come into strength in all Spanish-speaking nations in 1959 and, approximately 40 years later, are nonetheless selectively neglected through publishers and literate people far and wide. the truth is that during Spanish 'correctness' is these days determined, because it is in all residing languages, by way of the consensus of local audio system; yet consensus approximately linguistic utilization is clearly tough to accomplish among greater than twenty self sustaining, broadly scattered and infrequently at the same time adversarial nations. Peninsular Spanish is itself in flux.

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American experts say ... e. it does not really apply to every member of the class it denotes. (ii) Sentences like Me gusta el vino, Me gustan las cerezas are therefore ambiguous out of context: 'I like the wine/the cherries' or 'I like wine/cherries'. In practice context or intonation makes the meaning clear, or a demonstrative - este vino 'this wine', estas cerezas 'these cherries' - can be used for the first meaning. 7 Omission of the article in lists When two or more generic nouns follow one another, all the articles may be omitted, especially in literary style.

Sf, senor Presidente 32 Articles Used without preposition with numerous time words: Ie soir 'in the evening', Ie matin 'in the morning', Ie lendemain 'the next day' Preposition often required: por la tarde, por la manana, al dia siguiente, but el aflo pasado, 'last year', etc. 10): EI vino es malo para el higado, EI amor es ciego Used instead of possessives with parts of the body, clothing, mental faculties: Il Jerme les yeux, II a perdu la memoire, etc. Same, but more extensive: Cierra los ojos, Ha perdido la memoria; also Te he aparcado el coche 'I've parked your car', etc.

Ii) In older texts, particularly in solemn diplomatic language, names of countries occasionally appear with the article: la Francia, la Inglaterra, etc. In this respect we must differ from Batchelor and Pountain (1992), 297, who say that 'use of the article is more typical of the written registers'. The reverse is true. 18 Definite article with provinces, regions, cities and towns Some place names include the article as an inseparable feature: Los Angeles, EI Cair02 , La Corufia, EI Escorial, La Habana 'Havana', EI Havre, La Haya 'the Hague', la Mancha, La Meca 'Mecca', La Paz, la Plata, la Rioja, etc.

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