Unlike conventional grammars, this guide to Spanish usage, for students with basic knowledge, focuses on areas of vocabulary and grammar causing the most difficulty to English speakers. The new edition has been extensively revised and updated to emphasize Latin-American (particularly Mexican) usage. Significantly expanded vocabulary sections now include examples which contextualize each word or expression. Finally, some completely new material has been added on semi-technical vocabulary and Anglicisms. First Edition Hb (1992) 0-521-42123-3 First Edition Pb (1992) 0-521-26987-3
1. Introduction; 2. Passages illustrating register and local variety; 3. Misleading similarities between Spanish and English; 4. Similarities between Spanish words; 5. Fields of meaning - vocabulary expansion; 6. Complex verb expressions; 7. Affective suffixes; 8. Idioms, similes and proverbs; 9. Proper names; 10. Adjectives pertaining to countries and towns; 11. Abbreviations; 12. Latin expressions; 13. Anglicisms; 14. Grammatical terms; 15. Interjections; 16. Fillers; 17. Transition words; 18. Numerals; 19. Measurements; 20. Semi-technical vocabulary; 21. Gender; 22. Number; 23. Word order; 24. Prepositions; 25. Prepositional constructions with verbs, nouns and adjectives; 26. Constructions with verbs of movement; 27. Negation; 28. Use of tenses; 29. Periphrastic verb-forms; 30. Modal auxiliaries; 31. The subjunctive; 32. 'ser' and 'estar'; 33. Pronouns; 34. The reflexive; 35. Comparison; 36. Usage with names of countries.