These tips apply to the following programs:
Parts of Speech Box
This week’s tip concerns the Parts of Speech Box, found
within the Syntax Control window in ESI.
The Parts of Speech Box acts as a starting point from which
your initial translation begins. For example, type the word
‘state’ into ESI and translate it Interactively.
As you can see in the Syntax Control, ESI automatically selects
‘state’ as a Noun, being that this is
its most popular initial form. However, note by the highlighted
boxes that the word ‘state’ can also
be used as a Verb and Adjective. As a Noun, its most popular
translation is ‘Commonwealth’, or ‘Estado’.
Now, click on the ‘Verb’
icon within the Parts of Speech Box, and the user is now given
the most popular meaning in Verb form, ‘Declare’,
Another feature of ESI’s Parts of Speech box is that
if you, for example, decide to change a word from one part
of speech to another, ESI will automatically reconfigure your
sentence to accommodate it. An example of this function would
be the sentence “That is the wrong answer.” When
you translate interactively, the initial translation you receive
is “Esa es la mala contestación.”
As you can see, ESI recognizes ‘wrong answer’
as a noun cluster translated as ‘mala contestación’;
however, by placing the cursor on it and clicking on the Adjective
box to change it, you receive the translation “Esa
es la respuesta equivocada.” Neither translation
is incorrect, simply different or better sounding. And this
is just one of several features offered within ESI to allow
the user complete control over the translation process.
Please also take note of the Parts of Speech not highlighted
within the box. These are options which are not available
for your given word, but are so for other words being reviewed.
If you were to look at a word like “top”
you would see that this word can be used as a noun, a verb
and an adjective. Notice that all afforded options have been
highlighted while those not available have been automatically
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