¡Hola, buen fin de semana!
Aquí está el artículo español de El Circo de la Noche con mis apuntes:
Here is the Spanish article from El Circo de la Noche with my notes:
- adverbios // adverbs // GREEN
- conjunciones // conjunctions // BLUE
- palabras de transición // transition words // PURPLE
- frases preposicionales // prepositional phrases // YELLOW
- Adverbs modify verbs, adjectives, and other adverbs. Since they don’t modify nouns, they are invariable, meaning they do not change gender. Take a look at where the adverbs are placed in their sentences throughout the excerpt: they usually come after verbs but before adjectives or adverbs. There are adverbs of time [ya, más tarde, apenas, de nuevo, pronto, aún, cuando], of quantity/degree [más, bastante], and of manner [estratégicamente, perfectamente, pretty much any ending in -mente, así]. Adverbial expressions [por lo demas, por aquí] are also common in Spanish, but don’t be fooled by the preposition – look at the function if you are unsure. Adverbs modify; prepositions add extra detail.
- Once the conjunctions are identified, it becomes easier to follow the sequence of events. Conjunctions are connectors. Their function is to connect ideas in several ways: Y connects complementary statements. Que provides supplementary information about something previously specified. Pero indicates a contradictory statement or opposition in the author’s thoughts. Mientras introduces a simultaneous action or state. Being able to follow these slight shifts within each paragraph significantly improves overall comprehension.
- Transition words are conjunctions as well, but at the beginning of a sentence their function is to improve overall cohesion of a text. They still connect ideas, but they are mostly providing a smoother transition from one thought to the next. The longer a text, the more transition words you can find. A pesar de que = in spite of, despite, even though. Aun así = even so, even still, still then. Sin embargo = however, nevertheless.
- Each prepositional phrase is highlighted in full, to illustrate their importance in really any text. Prepositions expand sentences and allow for extra details; otherwise, this would be quite a short story. I also highlighted the simple prepositions [a, de…] where they may be part of an idiom or other common phrase or may be followed by a verb. The individual functions of Spanish prepositions are straightforward, but notice where it is followed by a definite article or not before the noun as well as in which instances por is used. I have found it extremely beneficial to note existing examples of prepositions whenever encountering them, not just memorizing their translations.
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