Technical Requirements

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  • PC (recommended.) This site is optimized for Microsoft Internet Explorer 5 or higher with Shockwave Player installed.
  • Mac with PowerPC processor: Safari with Shockwave Player installed.
  • Mac with Intel processor (not recommended): As of June 2007, Shockwave Player is not yet available for Macs with Intel processors. You may be able to use these exercises by downloading and installing Shockwave on the machine while it is in Rosetta emulation mode. For instructions on how to use Rossetta emulation mode, click here.

Using the exercises

How do I type accents and special characters (e.g., á, é, í, ó, ú, ü, ¡, ¿, ñ) in my answers?

There are several ways of doing this in Windows XP. We recommend setting your keyboard to English U.S.-International, which will also let you conveniently type Spanish in other coursework, email, and web forms. To do so, follow these steps:

(1) From the Start Menu, choose Settings, then choose Control Panel. Open the Regional and Language Options in Control Panel by double-clicking Regional and Language Options.

(2) Choose the Languages tab. Under Text services and Input languages, click Details.
(3) Under Installed services, click Add.

(4) Click the Keyboard Layout (Input Method Editor, IME) box, 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 (an icon that looks like a keyboard). Click on it to go back and forth between the two keyboard settings—U.S. and U.S.-International. (For more information on typing written accents, click here.)

Once your keyboard layout is set to U.S.-International, type a single quotation mark and the vowel you want to get the corresponding stressed vowel to appear. See also below how you can type the opening exclamation mark, the opening question mark, and the ñ/Ñ:

' + a= á
' + e = é
' + i = í
' + o = ó
' + u = ú
" + u = ü
Alt + ! = ¡
Alt + ? = ¿
Alt + n = ñ
Alt + shift + n = Ñ

The same apostrophe or right-Alt combinations work before a shifted key to produce the corresponding capitals. You might want to print out these keystrokes for reference and practice them before starting the exercises. Once you learn them, they will be much easier than “Insert Symbol” for typing Spanish in your work.


(1) You must use the Alt key on the right-hand side of the keyboard.

(2) The above layout overrides the customary use of your keys for single and double quotation marks. To type quotation marks, hit the corresponding key and then the spacebar.

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

Remember that you can see the answer by clicking on "Ver respuestas de esta pantalla."
Possible problems:

  • There is an extra space. Extra spaces are not allowed.
  • Written accents or special characters are incorrect.
  • The period is missing from the end of the sentence. Sentences require a period at the end, but words and phrases do not accept them.

Keep in mind that sometimes there are other possible answers that were just not anticipated in the programming. If you think your answer is fine, just skip the item and keep going, confirming it with your teacher.

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

If after several unsuccessful attempts, the program does not accept a correct answer, try the following:

  • Erase completely the answer you have written and write it again.
  • If this does not work, reset all answers by clicking on the button "Borrar todas las respuestas." This button erases all of your answers, and the computer should now accept your answer.

Using the book

How do I find out more information about the book Gramática para la composición, segunda edición, or order an examination copy if I am a teacher?

More information about the book, which is published by Georgetown University Press, is available on the publisher’s website at Georgetown University Press/Gramática para la composición. If you are a teacher and you would like to receive an examination copy of the book, more information is available on the publisher’s website at Ordering a deskcopy from Georgetown University Press.