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The Oxford Minireference French Usage provides a topic-based guide to the main areas of French vocabulary, usage, and grammar that present particular translation difficulties. Based on the usage notes included in the acclaimed Oxford-Hachette French Dictionary, this handy guide provides comprehensive information on words and expressions relevant to specific areas of vocabulary, including Time and Place, The Body, Flora and Fauna, Colors and Shapes, Oceans and Seas, Weather, Signs of the Zodiac, and Currencies and Money. It also offers the user step-by-step guidance on the rules of grammar, spelling, meaning, and punctuation, With important advice on how to avoid common pitfalls, how to address people in French, when to use tu or vous, and answering important questions, such as "Are we ans, en, or a Paris when we are in Paris?", the Oxford Minireference French Usage is an invaluable resource for anyone learning or using French.