Below you can find details on Memrise punctuation and how it currently behaves. Each point will provide a description on how the punctuation works, and then an example of what you need to do to gain a correct answer (when answering a test). This guide can be used by someone who wants more information on how to gain said correct answer, or by a course creator who want to structure their course correctly!
1. In courses, Commas (,) are sometimes used to separate words.
Example: “Salut, je m’appelle”
Translation: “Hi, my name is”
“Salut, je m'appelle" needs to be entered in full (including the comma) for it to be considered a correct answer.
2. Parentheses (brackets) allow you to add optional words. Anything in a parentheses is optional.
Example: “I love (Memrise)” >>> Both “I love” and “I love Memrise” will be accepted and considered correct answers.
3. Ellipses (...) are only required when they are placed in the middle of a sentence. This means you will only receive an incorrect answer if the Ellipses has been placed in the middle of a sentence, and you have left it out. All other cases will be accepted, gaining you a correct answer.
4. In Tapping Tests, Semicolons and Slashes ( ; / ) allow you to change the order of words when answering a test, but no more than 4 words (4 words or less and the order of the word does not matter). In Typing Tests, Semicolons and Slashes give you the possibility of answering with 1 word to gain a correct answer.
Tapping Tests: “Hey/Hello/Hi” is considered a correct answer (although they are in a different order) along with any other variations of those 3 words. This means you need to include all of the words, but regardless of order.
Typing Tests: Alongside the answers that would be accepted in Tapping Tests, Typing Tests will also accept “Hey”, “Hello” or “Hi” as standalone answers. Essentially as long as you answer with 1 of the options, then it will be marked as correct.
5. ¿¡Punctuation marks!? and accents will be ignored when answering a test (unless the course has been marked strict by the course creator). If you are learning a course, unfortunately there is no way for you to see if a course has been marked as strict, nor to enable/disable this function.
Example: “¿qué pasa?” will be accepted with no punctuation - i.e., “que pasa” will be accepted as a correct answer.
6. Regarding Hyphens and Apostrophes, we do not take them into consideration during tests.
Example: “Mi-a j’ai” >>> “mia jai” will be considered a correct answer.
7. We don’t allow any other type of punctuation in answers.
Example: “Chocolate” >>> ”Chocol?!ate” will be marked as incorrect.