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COMPLETE

FRENCH COURSE

New Edition

REVISED AND REWRITTEN BY

MARO S. BROOKS

HEAD OF THE MODERN LANGUAGE DEPARTMENT IN THE

HIGH SCHOOL, BROOKLINE, MASSACHUSETTS

ALLYN AND BACON

Boston and Chicago

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PREFACE

For many years Chardenal's Complete French Course has been the most popular and the most successful of the many text-books for elementary instruction in French. Its success is owing largely to its simplicity and its thoroughness. In revising the book for a new edition the editor has endeavored to retain both these excellent qualities, and to make the book still more acceptable by the following changes.

The order of presentation has been altered so as to secure from the outset greater variety in the exercises. Among many other changes may be mentioned the early introduction of verbs and their presentation by tenses instead of by conjugations; the treatment of verbs in -oir as regular verbs of the third conjugation and those in -re as regular verbs of the fourth ; the early introduction of personal pronouns, together with the rule for the agreement of the past participle used with the verb avoir.

The practical value of the vocabulary has been increased by the insertion of many words and phrases of frequent occurrence in ordinary conversation.

The sentences for translation have been made lively and colloquial. To many of the lessons there have been added whole exercises consisting of questions only. These questions are intended as a basis for conversational work in the classroom, and may all be answered from the

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