grammar in Mi comida favorita

MaryC1Kwiziq community member

grammar in Mi comida favorita

The third sentence is not a complete sentence as it lacks a verb. For that reason, I attached it to the second sentence with a coma. To me, that didn't sound right either. Often, I don't grade myself on punctuation because I find that phrases that can stand alone as complete thoughts end with a coma in these exercises, and those that should continue after a coma don't. Because we are transcribing without the opportunity to go back or listen ahead, it is sometimes difficult to know which to use. I usually don't bother correcting punctuation and just correct my Spanish. This paragraph was particularly bothersome. Yes, I do listen to the whole piece beforehand and even take quick notes, but this taxes my short-term memory, especially with the longer readings and higher levels. Professional transcribers constantly pause and backtrack so as not to make mistakes.

Asked 2 weeks ago
InmaKwiziq team member

Hola Mary

I am not sure if you're referring to this sentence as the 3rd sentence: Yo como legumbres, but if it is, the verb is "como" from "comer": I eat... 

I understand the difficulty in perceiving the right punctuation on each sentence when you're doing a dictation as it is given in parts and you don't know what's coming next. In fact we don't normally penalize punctuation in dictation for this reason. I would keep doing what you're doing as the most important part is that you understand the words that are said, more than having the right punctuation.

Saludos cordiales

grammar in Mi comida favorita

The third sentence is not a complete sentence as it lacks a verb. For that reason, I attached it to the second sentence with a coma. To me, that didn't sound right either. Often, I don't grade myself on punctuation because I find that phrases that can stand alone as complete thoughts end with a coma in these exercises, and those that should continue after a coma don't. Because we are transcribing without the opportunity to go back or listen ahead, it is sometimes difficult to know which to use. I usually don't bother correcting punctuation and just correct my Spanish. This paragraph was particularly bothersome. Yes, I do listen to the whole piece beforehand and even take quick notes, but this taxes my short-term memory, especially with the longer readings and higher levels. Professional transcribers constantly pause and backtrack so as not to make mistakes.

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