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How do I put written accents and special characters (¡, ¿, ñ) in my answers?

  • There are several ways of doing this. We recommend setting your keyboard to English US-International. To do so, follow these steps:

(1) Open the Regional and Language Options in Control Panel: to do this, click Start, point to Settings, click Control Panel, and then double-click Regional and Language Options.
(2) On the Languages tab, under Text services and Input languages, click Details.
(3) Under Installed services, click Add.
(4) Click on Keyboard Layout (Input Method Editor, IME), then pull down the menu (click on the down arrowhead), and in the list, click on United States International. Click OK.
(5) Finally, add a "language bar:" press the button "Language Bar" and check "Show language bar on desktop."
(6) Click OK, OK, etc. until you're out of the Control Panel. At the top of your desktop, there should now be a keyboard toggle button that lets you go back and forth between the two keyboard settings--US and US-International. (Taken from )

  • Once your keyboard layout is set to US-International,

Type ' (single quotation mark) and a vowel and you will get the corresponding stressed vowel:

'a=á 'e=é 'i=í 'o=ó, 'u=ú

¡: Alt+! ¿: Alt+? ñ=Alt+n Ñ=Alt+Shift+n

It must be the Alt on the right-hand side of the keyboard.

Warning!!!: This layout overrides your ' and " (single and double quotation marks). To get your quotation marks, hit the corresponding key and then spacebar.

I have never seen the terms "verber," "verbed," and "verbee." What do those terms mean?

Complete the modules "Verber," "Verbed," and "Verbee" to see why it is better to use those terms instead of subject, direct object, and indirect. They are not other labels for the latter for several reasons:

  • All verbers are subjects, but not all subjects are verbers.
  • Some underlying direct objects ( window , in the example below) show up as the subject of a sentence. Thus, the notion subject blurs the distinction between two types of subjects.
    • Peter broke the window.
      • Who is the breaker? Peter. (breaker = verber)
      • What is the broken? The window. (broken = verbed)
    • The window broke.
      • Is the window the breaker or the broken?
      • The window is the broken (the verbed), yet it is the subject.
      • Except for a few verbs, most verbs in Spanish (and presumably in many other languages) require a SE in sentences like the last one to show that the subject is not the verber but the verbed:
      • La ventana se rompió.
      • *La ventana rompió.
      • That rule is easier to state in terms of verber than in terms of subject.
      • Notice, by the way, that the rule at work with this example is the same rule of passive voice: was broken indicates that the subject is not the verber, but the verbed:
      • That window was broken by a tree branch.
  • Please go to the module "Intransitivizing SE" to see how most so-called reflexive constructions can be better understood using a rule of verber pronominalization instead of subject pronominalization (replacing a subject, a direct object, or an indirect object with a reflexive pronoun).

My answer is correct, but the computer does not accept it.

  • Remember that you can see the answer by clicking on the double-right arrow.
  • Possible problems:
    • There is an extra space. Extra spaces are not allowed.
    • Written accents or special characters are incorrect.
    • You are missing the period at the end of the sentence.

My answer is exactly the same as the one provided, and the computer stills tells me that my answer is not correct.

After several unsuccessful attempts, the program does not accept a correct answer. Try the following:

  • Erase the answer you have written completely and write it again.
  • If this does not work, go to screen 3 and reset all answers by clicking on the "Reset all Answers" button. This will erase all answers, and the computer will accept now your correct answer.

Where do I find the Shockwave Player?

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